We used a regression analysis to identify factors associated with students thinking about leaving university early. Confident feelings and resilience are associated with students who never think about leaving, whereas students who often think of leaving are more likely to be isolated, depressed and panicky. For further details about the regression analysis, please see the full report.
Cheerful; loved; capable of making decisions; able to enjoy life; coping well with problems; optimistic about future; playing a useful part in things; confident in self; calm and relaxed
Persistence; willingness to take on short term discomfort for long term gain; clear idea of goals; can plan way out of negative situations; consider impact of actions on others; depend on self to find a way through; disappointment doesn’t stop them from trying again
Ability to turn to university support
Feel they could turn to wardens, accommodation staff, university support staff, university counsellors, mentors, tutors
Students from professional and managerial family backgrounds
Isolation and desperation
Isolated or lonely; rejected by others; less interested in things used to enjoy; stressed or worried, down or depressed; ashamed; under strain; tired or lacking in energy.
University life stress
Keeping up with study; performing well in tests and coursework; managing time; getting enough support from university; managing money.
Tend to panic under pressure; can become upset when things don’t go to plan; quick to get help from others when encountering problems.
Social life stress
Finding new friends; getting on with housemates/flatmates; dating and relationships; keeping up socially with friends.