Graduate employment rate rises to a new record high

By Zoe Fripp

The University of Hertfordshire’s latest recorded employment rate is the best in the east of England Region and has outscored many other universities.

The survey data released by the National Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DHLE) shows that 96.5% of UH students are in work or further study six months after graduating.

The rate has outscored the likes of Oxford and Cambridge, and several other universities and is well above the national average for the UK which is currently 94.6%.

The survey conducted by the UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) leaves The University ranking 23rd out of 124 universities in the UK (that have over 500 students).

Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire told the press office: ‘I am delighted to see that the employment rate of our graduates continues to rise. We believe in forging strong professional partnerships and we also offer key workplace engagement to our graduates. All our courses are underpinned by industry insight and 80% are accredited by professional bodies. Coupled with our expert teaching, this approach is helping to equip students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to succeed in the real world.’

Life and Medical Sciences, Humanities, Hertfordshire Business School, Education and the School of Health and Social Work are 5 of the University’s Schools that achieved employment rates of above 95%, with the School of Health and Social Work taking the lead with 99.6%.

The survey’s purpose is to provide information on UK full time, first-degree graduates and their activities six months after graduating from a higher education institution in the UK.

In the 2016/2017 academic year, the results published by HESA in their Higher Education Leavers Statistics show that 91% of University leavers across the UK were in work or further study after graduation, which shows there has been an overall increase in employment rates between the years of 2012/2013.

These results can be accessed here: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/news/28-06-2018/sfr250-higher-education-leaver-statistics

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Graduate employment rate rises to a new record high