Issue date: 28 June 2013
The University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE Bristol) has seen graduate employment return to new record highs since the 2008 economic downturn.
Unemployment among recent UWE Bristol graduates in 2012 fell to 5%. This compares very favourably to the national picture where the Higher Education Statistics Agency have just announced an unemployment figure of 9% for all UK graduates. Although university comparisons have still to be released UWE Bristol has been in the top 12 universities on this measure for the last two years.
UWE Bristol also has a strong result in professional and managerial employment with 66% of graduates in these categories against a national figure of 64%.
Professor Steve West UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor, said, "We are proud to provide real world experience through placements, volunteering opportunities and lectures by industry experts for our students and delighted to see this lead to such a strong graduate employability record. This is a tremendous result showing that our students are really wanted by employers. We can confidently say that studying for a degree at UWE Bristol delivers huge benefits for students and employers alike.”
Nationally students going on to further study still remains a concern. The University is investing in scholarships to support postgraduate study in key skills shortage areas. For further information see details and news release