Record number of graduates in work after completing their degrees

The University of Portsmouth has been ranked first out of 17 universities in the South East, and in the top 10 per cent nationally, for graduate progression to employment or further study, according to national figures released today.

A record number of graduates are in work after completing their degrees.

The annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey showed 97.5 per cent of 2017 graduates were in employment or further study six months after completion, exceeding last year’s high of 96.5 per cent. The University has been improving continuously, rising from 88.4 per cent in 2013.

The University had the 15th highest result out of 152 higher education institutions in this year’s survey, placing it in the top 10 per cent nationally.

The average starting salary of a Portsmouth graduate has also increased from £23,250 in 2016 to £23,830 in 2017.

The University was recently ranked in the top 25 of universities in the UK in the Guardian University Guide – its highest ever position. Teaching at the University is also gold-rated according to the UK government’s Teaching Excellence Framework, and The Economist ranked Portsmouth as the UK’s number one university for boosting graduate salaries.

Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, said: “These exceptional results show that more students than ever are getting the jobs they want.

“Our academic excellence is matched by our outstanding support for students, with an emphasis on boosting employability skills through work placements and volunteering, a dedicated careers service and simulated learning environments like our replica court room, TV studio and healthcare simulation suite.

“We’ve worked hard to embed career-enhancing activities into our curriculum, and it’s pleasing to see we’re doing the right things to help our students achieve their potential.”

Graduate Charlie Wills completed his Mathematics with Statistics degree in 2017 before successfully applying for a role as an economic statistician for the Civil Service.

Charlie, who is originally from Bath, said the experience he gained during a year’s placement at software company SAP during his four-year sandwich course helped prepare him for the world of work.

He said: “Having a year’s work experience in the ‘real world’ can be crucial to getting the job, as it shows you can do more than pass exams. Placements are such a great idea as they give you a whole new skill of adapting to an office environment. That’s what I liked at Portsmouth as the emphasis and support is as much on helping you prepare for a career after university as getting a good degree.”

Lorren Mearns started her job at publishers Wiley just days after finishing her English Language degree in 2017.

The former City of Portsmouth Girls and South Downs College student said: “I graduated from university and five days later walked into a job in the sector I’ve wanted to work in since I was 14. I work in publishing, and whilst my job is entry level, it’s a great step to the career I eventually want to have.

“Being a good communicator is key for so many job roles, and nothing shows that better than a degree in English Language. I also found getting office experience, not necessarily in publishing, was invaluable, and networking proved very important too.”

To view the statistics in full, visit the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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