Graduate Employability

The Edge Hill Department of Computer Science experience is designed to prepare all students for their future careers. All of our degrees are informed by industry and professional bodies ensuring your skills are as up to date as possible.

Nationally there has been concern over high unemployment levels for computing graduates, however EHU Computing employment ranks amongst the highest in the UK at 91.4%.

The department’s success has been recognised by the higher education academy (HEA) as we were awarded a successful bid with Edge Hill Careers department to participate in the Higher Education Academy Strategic Enhancement Programme for Employability to identify, disseminate and embed good practice.

The employability success is a result of many years refining a comprehensive departmental Employability strategy.

Employability is a complex combination of skills, knowledge, personal attributes and consequently is neither simple to measure or develop. The department is pursuing a holistic and progressive approach based on the following high level categories which are woven into the wider curriculum:

Curriculum: relevance of courses to market

Courses are informed by Industry and professional bodies (Employer Advisory Panel): regular checks against advertised job specifications, Technical and graduate skills, confidence & knowledge required by employers, Industry accreditation. Live projects are used in courses.

Student understanding of workplace and jobs available

We develop opportunities for contact with employers and workplace. These include a Computing Careers fair, Employability conference, work placements, Enterprise projects team, mock assessment centres, Technology challenges / Hackathon and active circulation of graduate placement vacancies.

Practical career-preparation support

This is provided through close liaison with Edge Hill Careers service, Personal tutoring, Employability conference, Careers fair, Student web portfolios, mock assessment centres.

Developing personal capital

We help students to develop experiences, capabilities and confidence through the Enterprise projects team (apprenticeships), Computer Society, volunteering, participating in open days, mentoring other students informally and in the coaching learner’s module, a specialised Careers module, in-module activities and Personal Development Planning.

To facilitate the good employment statistics the department of computing has encouraged and nurtured large employers that are known to want graduates every year.  For example, Barclays, Hut Group, TalkTalk and FDM are invited to the department two to three times a year to interact with the 3rd year students providing industry specific insights and also see our cohort.  From this type of relationship students are introduced directly to recruiters who encourage students to apply and demystify the process for often hesitant students. Over the years these employers have employed a significant number of Edge Hill Computing department graduates.

Sandwich placements are heavily promoted and supported

The Department has led the expansion of Sandwich placement (1-year paid work experience) in the University and provides active support through provision of vacancies, coaching of students to apply and assistance with CVs.

During your degree you will develop both intellectually and personally, gain confidence and acquire the skills employers are looking for. In addition, depending on your choice of degree, your programme can include:

  • Work placements
  • Graduate Enterprise
  • A sandwich year working in industry
  • A Personal Development Portfolio

The department regularly hosts visiting lectures by major employers recent examples within the Computer Science Department include visits from representatives of international companies such as Barclays, TalkTalk, and The Hut Group, to talk about career opportunities and sandwich placements.

In addition, all students of the Computer Science Department have access to our award-winning Careers Centre. From the moment you start your degree, you have access to a highly dedicated and passionate team who can provide friendly, impartial and confidential guidance.

Support continues after you graduate, with continued access to the Careers Centre, and special employer events such as employability day workshops to help you hone your CV and interview skills, networking events run in conjunction with professional bodies.

International study options

Edgehill University and the Computer Science Department are motivated, innovative and contemporary, providing students with as many quality opportunities as possible to broaden their horizons. Our aim is to welcome and provide all students with an optional international experience and help them to develop their skills to ensure they succeed in their careers. By studying abroad, students will gain new experiences and have opportunities to immerse themselves in different cultures.

The Computer Science Department provides opportunities both to study and work abroad allowing students to experience international university life. This type of opportunity adds to the benefit of a degree when beginning on a career path. Experiencing a period overseas demonstrates to employers that a candidate is driven, exploratory, and keen to develop it also demonstrates both academic and non-academic qualities.  These additional elements on a profile improve competitiveness in the pursuance of a career.

The Computer Science Department is always looking to consider new opportunities and collaborations with universities around the world.  The department has established links with the following in order to provide valuable opportunities for study and career enhancement:

  • Ayudin University, Turkey
  • University of Salerno, Italy
  • Institute of Technology Warsaw, Poland
  • Saxion UAS, Netherlands

For more information on study abroad options or to become an international partner please contact;

International Office
Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
Ormskirk
Lancashire
L39 4QP
United Kingdom

+44 1695 657122
international@edgehill.ac.uk

 

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