Published on 29/06/2020
High earners
  • Median earnings of employed Aston University graduates are £33,200 five years after graduation, the 15th largest in the UK
  • Range of subject disciplines offered at Aston University have high median salaries
  • Graduates of Aston University’s Allied Health courses earn a median salary of £42,000 five years after graduation, the second largest in the country

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 2020 Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data shows that employed Aston University graduates have the 15th largest median earnings (£33,200) five years after graduation1.

Subject level data in the LEO reveals that graduates from the ‘Allied Health’ courses of optometry and audiology earn a median salary of £42,000 five years after graduation. This positions Aston University’s graduates as second highest earners nationally for these subjects.

It’s also good news for Aston Business School graduates, with the median earnings of business and management subjects at £38,700 five years after graduation. Aston Business School employed graduates are the 17th largest earnings nationally.

The Department for Education’s LEO analysis also shows that after five years, 42% of Aston University’s employed graduates are still working in the West Midlands. This demonstrates the important contribution Aston University’s graduates make to the local economy.

The LEO data was released in a week when the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) released Graduate Outcomes data. Analysis of Graduate Outcomes data by WONKHE showed that of employed graduates, Aston has the 22nd largest proportion of 'High Skilled' destinations in the sector.

Aston University is also ranked 1st in the UK for Added Value in the 2020 Guardian University Guide rankings, which measures a student’s qualifications before they enter university and their achievements when they graduate. Aston University’s top Added Value score demonstrates the progress its students make from their entry qualifications to their final degree classification.

Speaking on the LEO data, Saskia Hansen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Engagement at Aston University, said:

“We’re delighted to see this recognition that our Aston graduates are highly employable and go on to secure fulfilling and well-paid jobs once they have graduated and entered the working world. We regularly meet with industry to ensure that the content of our courses meets industry requirements, resulting in a suite of practical and applied courses.

“We’re proud to say that we’re one of the most diverse universities in the UK2, and have the unique ability to attract exceptionally talented students, many of whom come from less privileged backgrounds. Our students have shown that they are willing to work hard throughout their studies to ensure that they succeed in the future, reflected in their positive degree classifications, but also with salaries that reflect their ongoing hard work and commitment.”


Notes to editors

Notes to Editors 

The Longitudinal Education Outcomes Survey (LEO) is based on HMRC data from the latest available tax year and provides analysis of employment status and earnings of graduates. This analysis is based on First Degree graduates working and paying income tax in the UK. Aston University is one of the UK’s most diverse universities. In 2017/18, 65.4% of the total student population came from an ethnic minority background, compared to a national average of 22%. This represents the diversity of Birmingham, where two thirds of the school age population are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. The LEO analysis demonstrates success in other subject areas. Aston University’s Language and Area Studies graduates have the 9th largest median earnings at £31,000 five years after graduation. For Aston University’s Architecture, Building & Planning subjects, Aston University’s graduates have the 12th largest median earnings at £38,100 five years after graduation. The regionally adjusted median earnings account for location bias, as graduates in cities such as London have higher than average earnings. Aston University’s average graduate earnings in regionally adjusted figures that take into account the university’s West Midlands location rise to £33,900, positioning Aston University’s graduates as the joint 12th highest median earning graduates in the country five years after graduating. 


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