UWE graduate employment rises for third year running

Issue date: 30 June 2011


The number of graduates from the University of the West of England getting high quality jobs has increased for the third year in a row despite a very competitive job market.

Data released from the Higher Education Statistics Agency reveals reduced unemployment for graduates from universities in the South West with UWE graduates performing particularly well as unemployment levels drop for the third year running and quite substantially in the last year from 7.6% to 6.5%. This is significantly better than the national figure of 9% announced today.

In addition, of those in employment 65% of jobs are at graduate level, a 6.5% increase compared to the previous year's figure of 58.8% and above the national average of 1.2% improvement. The figures show that UWE graduates are gaining access to quality employment across diverse sectors including the media, creative industries, business, engineering, IT, health and education.

John Clarke, Assistant Director of Student Services says, “At UWE the employability of our graduates is at the heart of our vision and mission. The University has invested significantly in employability initiatives within the curriculum and developing links with recruiters. These initiatives are now paying off as most UWE degrees show significant improvements in graduate outcomes. We know that our graduates are of high quality and valuable to employers and this is born out by the positive feedback we receive from employers.”

UWE's annual “Meet the employers fair” is one of the largest graduate recruitment fairs in the UK outside London with 135 exhibitors and over 4000 visitors last year.

Helen Salisbury, HR Co-ordinator, Willmott Dixon Construction: “Probably the busiest fair we have been to. We were very impressed with the students.”

Clare Rowe, AXA: “UWE is on our gold list of universities”

Tara Brett, Lidl: “Excellent calibre of students from appropriate degree subjects”

UWE's internships programme has created more than 800 high quality paid opportunities with an exciting and diverse range of employers bringing benefits to the regional businesses as well as career benefits to UWE graduates. Many of these opportunities have been in the burgeoning small businesses in the Bristol area where enterprising graduates can make a big impact from day one. More than 75% of interns were successful in gaining jobs at the end of their internship.

Mike Ralson, M.D. Solsoft: “The two interns have performed so well over their two month internship that we have offered them permanent positions, and they have accepted...”

Tim Carson, Director, E and AG Stratton: “If this is the quality of student that the university is turning out then it is a credit to all the staff and lecturers of UWE”.

“This scheme has been absolutely awesome and it has kick started my career in a credible, workable manner! Many grads graduated with little hope of getting into their chosen industry due to the recession and lack of any hard experience. This scheme has overcome that issue with merit and its potential cannot be overlooked. I thank you again. You have made a remarkable difference to my career. Bravo!” Feedback from one UWE graduate intern.


Notes to editors

Link to HESA release


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