Aston scores well in Government's Graduate Employment Figures

Aston University
Aston University

17th August, 2009

Aston University has continued to score well in the latest official Government Performance Indicators, including employment levels of nearly 93 per cent for Aston graduates in 2008.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) has recently published its 2007/08 benchmark information on all UK universities. These include statistics on the employment of graduates and the number of students on sandwich courses (courses involving an opportunity for a year long work placement).

Aston excelled in a range of areas including;

• 92.8 per cent of its 2008 graduates finding employment or further study against a government set benchmark of 89.8 per cent and a UK average of 91%. This figure places Aston’s graduate employment levels above Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham and Warwick Universities.

• Being one of only 4 UK Universities where more than 50% of students take sandwich programmes: (Aston, Bath, Surrey, Ulster).

 • Strong opportunities to study and/or work overseas with over 150 of our c1,000 placement students spending a year abroad.

Stewart Comfort,  Director of Marketing at Aston University, said; “Aston University’s significant achievement in these and other areas show our students have good work placement opportunities and are highly employable graduates.  We’re also not complacent and realise that this year’s graduates will need further help and support during the current recession. Aston is supporting a number of regional and national initiatives to help maintain our reputation for graduate employment success.”

To see the full Government performance indicator tables, click here

For further information on support for Aston University Graduates visit the University’s Careers Service, website.


For further information please contact Alex Earnshaw, Press Officer, Aston University on 0121 204 4549

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