13 November 2003
ASTON UNIVERSITY'S position as the top mainstream university in England and Wales for graduates finding employment was confirmed with the recent release of official figures by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
In yet another outstanding year of achievement for Aston, 80 per cent of its first degree graduates entered employment within six months of graduation compared to the national average of 66 per cent*.
The news consolidates Aston's position over the last decade as the number one university to attend for those students looking to quickly make their first step on the career ladder. Earlier this year a survey conducted by The Financial Times newspaper also rated Aston as having the best record for graduate recruitment in the UK. Of the 98 universities in the FT ranking, only Aston scored 100 points for employment.
This remarkable track record is one of the reasons applications from school and college leavers to the university are at their highest level ever, with a 14 per cent increase in applications for places this year - one of the largest rises in the country.
Stewart Comfort, head of the university's schools liaison & careers office, said: 'Aston graduates are much sought after by major companies for employment in the UK and abroad.
'Employers recognise the high quality of our degree programmes and their relevance to business and the professions. More than three quarters of our students take a professional placement (sandwich) year as part of their degree which gives them a massive advantage over other graduates in the labour market,' he continued.
'Being sought after by some of the UK's best companies proves that our students are particularly well equipped to meet the demands of industry. We can now be very confident that Aston really is the place to study for those keen to start work soon after they graduate,' he added.
* Source: HESA: First Destinations of Students Leaving Higher Education Institutions 2001/02.
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