Student withdrawal is an important topic for the student, the higher education  sector, and broader Irish society for a range of social, emotional and financial reasons. Research on why students withdraw from higher education education in Ireland is quite recent and is primarily quantitative in nature.

 
Building on the work of Redmond (2011), this research – funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning – undertakes an in-depth qualitative analysis on reasons for withdrawal across the Irish higher education sector to inform current and future approaches to student
retention.

The qualitative data gathered is used to explore commonalities and differences across and between higher education institutions, and aims to offer a fuller understanding of why students withdraw from higher education in Ireland. The findings point to the need for a fresh approach to the issue of student withdrawal and the importance of a more systematic approach across the sector.

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