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Students graduating from Oxford and Cambridge have proven less successful at finding work, or post graduate placements, than those graduating from universities in Aberdeen, Glasgow, and Derby, according to a study by the Guardian newspaper.
Data from the Higher Education Statitics Agency (Hesa) ranked the specialist Universities as the top performing institutes; filling the top four spots on the survey, The Royal Academy of Music ranked first with 100% of graduates employed or studying after six months, with a graduating class of 25 students. Graduates at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (98.9%), the School of Pharmacy (98.2%), and the Royal College of Music (98%) rounded out the top four.
Hesa ranked Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University fifth with 97% of graduates working or studying six months after finishing their degree. Graduates from Glasgow Caledonia ranked 11th, with the University of Derby ranking 12th, with 96.2% and 96.1% of students working or studying, respectively.
The majority of the 163 UK educational institutions surveyed saw between 90% and 95% of graduates in work or study, while 18 universities had more than 95% of students in this category. The University of Cambridge ranked at only number 20, with 94.9% of graduates finding further placements within six months. 93.8% of graduates in work from the University of Edinburgh placed it at 51st. The University of Oxford ranked 74th with 92%. The Hesa employment indicator includes students in part-time and non-graduate level work. A change in their methodology means that the figures above are not comparable with previous years’ results. A report by the Higher Education Careers Service Unit found that around one in 12 graduates were unemployed six months after graduation.