Students at the University of Wolverhampton are among the most employable in the UK after a new report revealed more than ever are going into jobs or further study.
The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey is a national annual survey of everyone who has recently graduated from university or HE college.
Each year universities, on behalf of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), contact graduates six months after they have completed their studies to find out their employment status.
Overall, 96 per cent of students who graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 2015 were in work or further study six months after they had left – positioning the University as second in the UK*, outperforming the UK average for all universities and a record high for the University.
Wolverhampton students are also supporting the regional economy with 80 per cent working in the West Midlands after graduation.
The majority of our students also go into graduate level jobs with 66 per cent being employed in professional or managerial roles.
The survey results also highlighted that 63 per cent reported earning £15,000 to £29,999 and a further 16 per cent earning £30,000 to £59,999.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Oakes, said: “Once again University of Wolverhampton students have shown that they have the knowledge, skills and qualities that employers are looking for.
“We have had high employability rates for the last few years so to improve them further is an outstanding achievement by both our staff and students, resulting in the University having one of the highest overall employability rates in the country.
“It is testament to the work we have been doing to ensure that when our students graduate they are work ready. This has involved embedding ‘employability’ in all of our courses with a much greater emphasis on the importance of placements, internships and volunteering opportunities.
“We have invested heavily in recent years in new facilities, courses and technology to give our students the best possible experience and these figures demonstrate that University of Wolverhampton students have an excellent prospect of gaining employment following graduation.
“Not only that, two-thirds are getting graduate level jobs with graduate level salaries. The University of Wolverhampton plays a major role in the economic regeneration of the city and the region and a key part of this is that 80 per cent of our graduates contribute to the West Midlands economy by getting a job in the region or setting up their own business here.”
Wolverhampton students also gain vital experience, skills and confidence through volunteering opportunities. In 2014-15 this resulted in 66,582 hours volunteered which saved businesses more than £937,000.
Last year the survey showed that 95 per cent of the University’s graduates were in employment or further study six months after graduation.
*Source: DLHE 2014/15. For universities with 2,000-3,000 graduating students (full-time undergraduate)
GRADUATE CASE STUDIES
Olga Katsis (25) from Thessaloniki in Greece completed an MSc in Environmental Technology and is now an Assistant Process Technologist at Watstech - a waste treatment company based at the University of Wolverhampton Science Park.
She said: “My course contained modules which enhanced my knowledge on the waste and water industry. Also, it provided me with up to date information for the environmental laws active in the UKand my tutors supported me conducting research and gaining confidence presenting data collected as well as conducting experiments in the lab with no supervision needed.
“I totally enjoyed being a student at the University of Wolverhampton. I have gained positive experiences all the year of the masters. The University has services that ensure the students will have good time while studying there, such as gym, restaurant and cafeteria. It also provided me support with the counselling team when I needed, especially after the second semester, when I was under stress and faced difficulties on focusing. The team was very polite and helped me greatly. I would highly recommend it to other students that want further knowledge on their sectors.”
Danny Janes (26) from Warwickshire completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in PE and now works as a teacher at King’s Norton Boy’s School in Birmingham.
He said: “My experience at the University was fantastic in terms of the opportunities I was provided. The University facilitated my development as a trainee teacher through their immense support and guidance. I really enjoyed life at the University, the atmosphere was always very positive and I was able to study in a friendly environment.
“My teacher training course helped prepare me for employment through the professional training I received from my tutors. My tutors played a pivotal role in progressing my teaching, constantly giving feedback and guidance that was personalised to my development. The course provided me with a range of experiences that allowed me to learn, apply and evaluate my skills throughout the year. To this day now I reflect on my time at the University, drawing on experiences to help me progress within my career.”
BA (Hons) Photography graduate James Phillips from Sedgley secured a job as a studio/in-house photographer for Cousins Furniture.
He said: “My course helped me massively, not only to help build my confidence but also for my career path; particularly within the final year where the input from lecturers in the Creative Industries module helped me to research and outline a path of what I needed to do, in order to make my career a reality.”
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Date Issued: Wednesday 6 July 2016