We have carried out research into the reasons some people leave university early and what support and advice they used to help them with their decision.


The central aim our research is to provide a landmark study of early-leavers from higher education (HE) in Scotland and to feed back to the HE sector.

The findings from our research will provide universities with a better understanding of the characteristics, motivations and needs of early leavers and help them provide a more robust and practical approach to retention activities in the future.


Early-leavers who have been referred to Back on Course by their previous university are asked to contribute to the research. However, the research is open to all UK domiciled full-time undergraduate leavers from Scottish universities and Scottish-domiciled leavers from university in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.


The research findings will be published in August 2017. A PDF version of the report will be available on this website.