Memorandum from Dorma Urwin, Principal,
University College Worcester (HE 102)
UCW STUDENT PROFILE
3,400 full-time students.
1,700 part-time students.
60 per cent local/regional recruitment.
40 per cent mature entrants.
of young entrants (ie 18-21 yrs):
97 per cent from state schools;
35 per cent from social classes IIIM,
IV and V;
12 per cent from low participation
"Efficiency" indicator90 per
Retention at end of first year of full-time
study91 per cent
Factors influencing good retention rates
Nature of courses (professional, vocational).
Structure of courses (flexibility).
Recruitment methods (interviews; links with
Students support services (academic advice;
counselling, health, financial and careers).
Students' Union (good communications & support).
Size and location of institution.
Factors influencing "drop-out"
Wrong choice of course.
Financial hardship (lack of maintenance grants,
unwillingness to take on debt, inadequacy of Access/Hardship Funds).
For mature studentsfamily/domestic/childcare
Availability of employment.