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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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The data and report can be viewed in more detail on our new interactive web pages. 

The report shows non-continuation rates for full-time first degree UK domiciled entrants to HEIs in England, split by student and course characteristics, between 2005-06 and 2010-11. 

Key findings include:

  • The overall trend in the percentage of entrants no longer in higher education has remained steady (around 8.2 per cent since 2005-06).
  • Female entrants were less likely to leave higher education one year after entry compared to their male counterparts.  However, transfer rates were similar for male and female entrants.
  • Entrants from areas where there is low participation in higher education were more likely to have left higher education one year after entry.