RENFREWSHIRE'S university has bucked the national trend when it comes to the proportion of students dropping out.

Latest figures show that, across the UK, two-thirds of universities and colleges saw an increase in the drop-out rate over a five-year period.

However, there has been a decrease of almost nine per cent at The University of the West of Scotland, which is based in Paisley.

The University of Abertay, in Dundee, had the largest increase in the drop-out rate, from 3.5 per cent in 2011/12 to 12 per cent in 2016/17.

Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said: “It is always a shame when someone makes the leap to higher education and it does not work out for them. They can end up demoralised and find it hard to explain any gap in their CV to potential employers but leaving a course early does not always mean someone should not have had a go.

“Sometimes, unexpected life events get in the way of the best-laid plans.”

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