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Sunday Times- Aston beats Oxbridge for Graduate Employability

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Aston has been ranked 5th in the UK and 1st outside London for the percentage of graduates entering employment who achieve graduate level jobs in the new 2012 Sunday Times University Guide.

The Guide goes on to say “Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research” is one of the more memorable university slogans and Aston is in a better position than most to back up its prospectus claims. Not even Oxbridge can boast a higher proportion of students gaining graduate level jobs on departure. Aston’s 87.7% is bettered by just four institutions and shows a clean pair of heels to the likes of Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol and Durham.

In the same week that the QS Guide to Global Universities ranked Aston 51st in the world for graduate employability as judged by employers, the success of Aston in developing “employable graduates” is clear.

Welcoming the news Vice Chancellor Professor Julia King said “this is a fantastic endorsement for the work we do at Aston to develop employable graduates who are equipped to become the leaders of tomorrow. The integrated Aston placement year, where our students work within a business or professional  environment, our commitment to global citizenship, and our strong support for entrepreneurship and language study are part of a package that is second to none when it comes to preparing graduates for the world of work.”

With graduate employability being the key issue for young people for their families looking to choose a university, Aston is delighted to be in the lead in the Midlands and in advance of so many institutions nationwide.

Other Highlights from the Guide

  • “Aston is one of just four universities where more than half the students take a placement year. The 70% of Aston students who do this earn an average of £16,000 during this year.”

  • “You will struggle to find a university in Britain more keenly attuned to the needs of business and industry. Free language tuition is offered to every (first year) student,… which is typical of the University’s sensitivity to the changing needs of the employment market.”

  • “Under the system of teaching assessments, excellence was found in all four schools, with 70% of students being taught within a subject classified as ‘excellent’.”

  • “40% of its entrants last September gained AAB or better at A-level and current entry grade average hovers somewhere between AAB and ABB from the best three A-levels.”

The 64 page Sunday Times Guide is now in its 14th year and was published on 11 September 2011.

Words by David Farrow
12 September 2011

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