Graduate drop

10th November 2000 at 00:00
The number of students successfully completing a higher education course at a Scottish college or university in 1998-99 fell by 2,500 on the previous year, according to Scottish Executive figures. The 4.5 per cent decrease is against a year-on-year increase of more than 30 per cent in the numbr of students starting HE courses since 1993-94. The sharp contrast was seized on by the National Union of Students as further evidence that students are dropping out because of hardship, which the Executive says will be tackled through its new student bursary scheme (see opposite).

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