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UK – Graduates from ‘top’ universities overlooked

05 July 2013

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.  

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