Aston scores well in latest Government Graduate Employment figures

Aston Graduates at Birmingham Town Hall
Aston Graduates at Birmingham Town Hall

9th August, 2010

Aston University graduates are among the most employable in the UK, with over 92 per cent either finding employment or going on to further study in 2008/09.

Aston is also first in the UK for university students involved in sandwich courses*, at nearly 60 per cent (*courses with opportunity for a year- long work placement), the latest Government Performance Indicators highlight.

The figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) for year 2009 graduates show that;

  •  92.3% per cent of Aston’s 2009 graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating, beating a government set benchmark for Aston of 89.4 per cent. This was also better than the UK average employment levels of 89.9%

  • Aston University’s graduate employment levels are the highest in the West Midlands and above fellow established universities including Birmingham, Loughborough and Warwick amongst many others.

  • Aston University had 59.6% of its students enrolled on degrees involving sandwich placement years the highest of any UK university. It is one of only 5 UK Universities where more than 50% of students take sandwich programmes: (Aston, Bath, Surrey, Ulster, Bournemouth). An increasing number of Aston students take placement years abroad.

Stewart Comfort, Director of Marketing at Aston University, said; “We welcome these latest findings in an increasingly competitive and difficult time in the job’s market. We believe offering high quality study alongside relevant employment makes for highly employable graduates.   We’re also not complacent and realise that this year’s graduates will need all our 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.”

The full Government performance indicator tables are available here

 Visit the University's Careers Service webpages for further information on support for Aston University Graduates


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