27 June 2013

million+ comment on employment destinations of 2011 /12 graduates

The university think-tank million+ has welcomed official statistics which confirm that 91% of students who completed their university course in 2011/12 were either in employment, involved in further study or other activities, six months after they had graduated with nearly two-thirds working in professional occupations. Similar figures for part-time students were even higher and stood at 93%. The HESA six month destination survey is followed up with a further survey three years after students have graduated.

Professor Michael Gunn, Chair of the university think-tank million+ and Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University said:

“Six months is a relatively short time to make a judgment about the value of getting a degree and the occupations which graduates will enter in the future. However, these statistics confirm that even in a very difficult labour market studying for a degree on a full-time or a part-time basis remains one of the best ways of securing employment and a career”.

“People interested in starting degree courses in September still have an opportunity to apply”.

“The Government should now map out a high skills strategy and promote the many opportunities available in UK universities which allow people to study subjects that interest them and prepare them to get a job in the future”.

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Notes to Editors
1. For further information or to arrange an interview with Professor Michael Gunn please contact Pam Tatlow on 0207717 1655 or 07795645241.
2. million+ is a leading university think-tank. More information about million+ can be found at www.millionplus.ac.uk
3. Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education in the United Kingdom for the academic year 2011/12 can be found here.