UWE Bristol maintains strong graduate employment record as national results revealed

Issue date: 07 July 2016

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has been ranked among the top 25 higher education institutions in England for its graduate employment prospects.

According to data released by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) today revealing the proportion of students at each English university entering work or further study within six months of graduating, UWE Bristol occupies 23rd place out of 104 institutions.

The HESA figures show 96% of last year's UWE Bristol graduates are in employment or further study, with 78% in professional roles. This compares with UK market averages of 94% and 71% respectively.

Buoyed by a flourishing regional economy, UWE Bristol's strong graduate employability record has seen it consistently lodged in the top third of UK universities on these measures over the past five years.

Professor Steve West, UWE Bristol's Vice-Chancellor, said, “Even with the uncertainty caused by Brexit, the prediction is that by 2022 half of all jobs will require people who have completed higher education. These graduate employment figures again reveal the many rewarding opportunities open to young people in the region.

“We are a learning city. We therefore need to support the region to encourage more young people to strive for the higher skilled careers that will be available in the future.”

As well as achieving impressive headline results, UWE Bristol also scored highly for the performance of its graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds. According to the HESA results, 79% of the university's graduates from areas with low higher education participation secured professional jobs within six months of collecting their degrees compared to the national average for all graduates of 71%.

UWE Bristol students graduating in subjects linked to industry sectors with skill shortages were most successful at landing professional jobs, the HESA statistics revealed. Last year's graduates in Allied Health Nursing, Computer Sciences, and Engineering and Technology registered some of the highest levels of employment in top roles, at 96%, 86% and 84% respectively.

Business collaboration is central to UWE Bristol's success in achieving market leading graduate employment results. The figures show more than 90% of UWE Bristol graduates that worked with an employer during their degree found professional jobs, compared with 78% for all UWE Bristol graduates. UWE Bristol boasts the UK's largest paid internship programme which has secured 2,000 internships since 2010.

To accompany the HESA figures, UWE Bristol has launched 'The Role Of Progressive Universities In The Global Knowledge Economy'. The report calls on universities to forge closer links with business to bridge the skills gap and increase UK productivity.

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