An Oxford student has launched a new campaign to dramatically reduce the university dropout rate and


An Oxford student has launched a new campaign to dramatically reduce the university dropout rate and succeed where a £800 million Government initiative has failed.


[UKPRwire, Mon Apr 20 2009] An Oxford student has launched a new campaign to dramatically reduce the university dropout rate and succeed where a £800 million Government initiative has failed.

The campaign targets 16-19 year olds across the country and provides a revolutionary career service for the 21st century, something £800m pounds of government spending has failed.

According to Ed, the founder of unionview.com "one of the main reasons students drop out is they have limited information and resources to chose the university that is right for them”

Recent statistics revealed that despite the government investment plan, dropout rates are a remarkable 14.1% *

Ed says, “I want to make sure students, no matter what their background, have access to the information that is really important - the type of thing my peers and I never had'

Jason McCue, London’s top human rights lawyer, is lobbying the Government on behalf of unionview.com to adopt a system that makes the process of choosing a university much more accessible and inclusive.

'Choosing a university is the biggest decision of your life, the government need to realise that thousands of students are choosing the wrong courses at the wrong universities and failing, while thousands of others don’t have the backing or access to information to encourage them even to apply.

Unionview already have 34 of the UK’s universities involved, since its launch in September 2008.

McCue adds, “the labour government is failing to see that universities and a skilled workforce are key to Britain to revive the economy, Ed’s initiative to tackle such an important issue is critical”.


Notes:

*Results taken from 2008 public accounts committee (PAC) report which indicated 121,000 students who began their course in 04/05 did not complete it

• Interviews available with Ed Teversham and human rights expert Jason McCue
• Quotes available from top UK universities in favour of the campaign
• Stephen Fry among others have supported the campaign to inspire future students to pursue further education

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