On 20th January 2022, the Office for Students launched a consultation looking into improving student outcomes at university. This follows Onward’s report Question of Degree, which revealed the number of students studying low-value university courses who would be unlikely to repay their student loans in full, placing the burden on the taxpayer instead.
In this data tool which projects outcomes among 2018/19 degree starters, Completion refers to the percentage of students who are projected to obtain a degree at the end of their course, Progression refers to the percentage of students who are projected go on to managerial or professional employment (SOC codes 1-3), further study or retired, caring for someone, travelling. This definition of Progression is set by the Office for Students but is understood to be a wider definition than what is referred to in the consultation. You can read the methodology used here.