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Aston leads Midland universities in graduate employment

29 August 2001

Aston leads Midland universities in graduate employment

STUDENTS at Aston University are the most likely to gain employment within just six months of graduating according to official government figures recently released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

Data of First Destinations of Students Leaving Higher Education Institutions in 1999/2000 shows that 79.16% of Aston's students gain employment. Only Bournemouth, Cranfield and Robert Gordon (Aberdeen) had higher percentages of universities across the whole country.

Aston's history of industry-focussed education means its graduates study relevant degrees and gain employment in leading organisations throughout the Midlands and the UK.

Stewart Comfort, Head of Student Recruitment and Careers, commented: "Aston is nationally known for its outstanding graduate employment record. We've dominated the charts on this for over a decade." Asked what the key to Aston's success was, Mr Comfort replied: "The majority of our students spend a year working as part of their degree so they are ready for the real world as soon as they graduate. Employers snap them up."

"Extremely well-resourced and geared to top class employment by means of industry contact, study abroad programmes, language combinations and sandwich courses, Aston is one of the key providers to industry." Virgin Alternative Guide to Universities 2001.

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For further information please call 0121 204 4549 or email: b.a.l.coombes@aston.ac.uk

Notes to Editors

Midland universities graduate employment statistics:

• Birmingham University - 63%

• Coventry University - 65%

• Keele University - 64%

• Staffordshire University - 65%

• UCE - 69%

• Warwick University - 65%

• University of Wolverhampton - 63%

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