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Aston best for graduate jobs

07 October 2005

Aston best for graduate jobs

NOT only are Aston University graduates some of the most likely to get a job after they finish their degree, they are also the most likely in the Midlands to get a graduate level job.

Aston’s strong position among mainstream universities 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, 81.4% of its first degree graduates entered employment within six months of graduation compared to the national average of 72%.

This places Aston second in the UK for graduate recruitment, and the ideal choice for students looking to quickly make their first step on the career ladder.

Further confirmation of Aston’s strength comes from the new Government Teaching Quality Information (TQI) website stating the destinations of Aston graduates in non- graduate and graduate level jobs.

The TQI statistics confirm that of those employed, 76% went straight into graduate level jobs. This places Aston inside the UK’s top ten for graduate employability and top among Midland universities including Birmingham University at 61%, Warwick: 62%, Nottingham: 65%, Loughborough: 68%, Leicester: 60%, UCE 63%, Wolverhampton: 45%, and Keele: 54%.

Aston’s strong position in the graduate job marketplace is one of the reasons why applications from school and college leavers to the University have risen again this year. Applications to Aston have rsien by more than three times the national average according to figures released by UCAS (Universities & Colleges Admission Service) earlier in 2005. Aston saw a 29.10% rise for its undergraduate course against a UK average increase of 9.2%. Around 1,900 places were available at Aston for entry in September 2005, putting applications at a ratio of seven per place.

Stewart Comfort, Director of Student Recruitment and Careers said ‘The latest statistics from HESA and the TQI are fantastic news for Aston. Employers recognise the high quality of our degree programmes and their relevance to business and the professions. Nearly three-quarters of our students take a professional placement (sandwich) year as part of their degree, which gives them a massive advantage over other students in the labour market. Our students are sought after by some of the best companies in the UK.’

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For further press information please contact Sally Hoban on 0121 204 4552 or email s.l.hoban@aston.ac.uk

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For further information visit www.tqi.ac.uk and www.hesa.co.uk

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