Published on 24/05/2024
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Aston University, Birmingham
  • Employed Aston University graduates are in the top 20 for median salary at both three and five years after graduation
  • The Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) dataset links higher education and tax data
  • Latest results show that Aston University graduates have a competitive edge in the job market.

Graduates of Aston University are among the highest paid in the country five years after graduating, according to new data released by the Department for Education.

The 2024 Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data shows that employed Aston University graduates have the 19th largest median salary out of all higher education Institutions five years after graduation at £35,400.

The University is also in the top 20 for those assessed three years after graduation (2017-2018), being placed at 18th out of 147 higher education institutions. 

These results provide clear evidence that Aston University graduates have a competitive edge in the job market, having gained industry-relevant skills and qualifications as well as professional experience during their studies.

The LEO dataset links higher education and tax data together to chart the transition of graduates from higher education into the workplace.

The latest dataset was calculated using figures from the 2021-2022 tax year and highlights medians – or middle points – of employed graduates’ salaries.

Professor Osama Khan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic at Aston University, said: 

“We are delighted to see Aston University rated so highly for graduate employability and starting salary levels. 

“This is clear evidence that our graduates are highly employable across a wide range of professions and that they go on to fulfilling and well-paid jobs once they have graduated. 

“We are committed to ensuring that our students are ready for work and life by providing them with the education and skills needed to enhance lifelong career potential, building employability into every course, together with the support of our award-winning careers and placements service.”

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

For over a century, Aston University’s enduring purpose has been to make our world a better place through education, research and innovation, by enabling our students to succeed in work and life, and by supporting our communities to thrive economically, socially and culturally.

Aston University’s history has been intertwined with the history of Birmingham, a remarkable city that once was the heartland of the Industrial Revolution and the manufacturing powerhouse of the world.

Born out of the First Industrial Revolution, Aston University has a proud and distinct heritage dating back to our formation as the School of Metallurgy in 1875, the first UK College of Technology in 1951, gaining university status by Royal Charter in 1966, and becoming The Guardian University of the Year in 2020.

Building on our outstanding past, we are now defining our place and role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (and beyond) within a rapidly changing world.

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