Fantastic employment results for UWE Bristol – almost 100% employed 3 years after graduating

Issue date: 28 August 2015


Am engineering student at work

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is able to report fantastic employment results for graduates three years following graduation.

99.1% of UWE graduates are in employment or further study 3 ½ years after graduation, compared to the national average of 97%.

These figures are based on a weighted response of 1,242 graduates showing that 94.2% UWE students looking for work were in employment, 4.9% in further study and 0.9% were unemployed.

Of those in employment, 82% of UWE graduates were in professional jobs.

This follows on from June graduate employment figures from HESA illustrating UWE's own strong employment performance of 95% employed, just 6 months after graduation.

Yesterday the Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA) released the national employment statistics for graduates three years after graduation in the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Longitudinal Survey. The survey asked a sample of graduates who left higher education in 2010/11 what they were doing on 24 November 2014.

The national figures show that 88% of UK domiciled graduates were in employment, 6% in further study and less than 3% were unemployed. The remaining 3% were not actively looking for work.

Of those in employment, 80.5% were in professional jobs

Professor Steve West, UWE Vice-Chancellor, said, “This is fantastic news and is testament to the focused effort and strategic emphasis that we put in to ensure that our graduates are work ready upon graduation.

“A UWE degree is about academic achievement but we also place significant emphasis on practice based learning by integrating live projects into course curriculum, co-creating courses with businesses and organisation partners and making opportunities for our students to go on placements that are relevant to their area of study. Professional courses are all accredited by the relevant professional bodies, so students have qualifications that enable them to go straight into practice in areas such as health, teaching, law and architecture to name a few.

“We create internship opportunities and have strong partnerships with hundreds of businesses and organisations in the region who are keen to engage with us and often employ our graduates when internships come to an end and they have proved how they can add value. We also actively encourage our students to volunteer, to participate and contribute within the community, to mentor other students and to take part in competitions and events – all useful experience that helps build each students personal profile. Our business technology incubator in the Bristol Robotics Laboratory is supporting businesses like Open Bionics who have just won the coveted James Dyson Award.

“We ensure that our students have access to the very best facilities and our investment programme of over £250 million leading towards 2020, will ensure that we are able to offer a study environment fit for purpose in the 21st century.

“Finally I have to thank the brilliant staff at UWE who strive to inspire and encourage our students, by sharing their expertise and giving their support.”

The HESA report stated that employment rates are back to pre-credit-crunch levels, though still more leavers in further study. The median salary of UK domicile leavers in full-time employment was £26,000 after 3½ years, compared to £22,000 after 6 months. Three quarters, (76%) of graduates, thought their course prepared them well for their career. Two thirds of graduates nationally (66%) thought their course had been good value for money.

The HESA data again underlines the long term value of a degree, with less than 3% of graduates unemployed three and half years after graduation and a rising graduate salary profile.

Professor West continued, “The HESA data is an extremely important source for policy makers and professional bodies as we consider the best options and pathways for our young people, in order for them to maximise their potential and boost economic growth in the UK – where an additional 2 million jobs will require higher level skills by 2022.”

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