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This report from the UK think tank Social Market Foundation seeks to understand the factors affecting non-continuation and transfers at London universities. London’s non-continuation rate is 7.7%, which is much higher than the English average of 6.3%, and students in London are the most likely to transfer to another university compared to students in the rest of the country. We seek to build on previous SMF work by focusing on why students leave university in London and the report looks in-depth at the differences in retention by ethnicity and socio-economic status.

Key themes raised in the discussions with those who had withdrawn from university include: Term time accommodation and commuting; cost of living; course choice and value for money; preparation and support; mental health issues.

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