The number of Edge Hill University graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating has risen to 97.3 per cent. The figure, for all leavers living in the UK, comes from the 2016/17 national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.
Employment is as high as 100% for some areas including undergraduate secondary teaching, medical education, nursing and research degrees. The number of graduates who have gone on to highly skilled employment or postgraduate study has also risen, to 82.3 per cent.
Welcoming the news, Mark Allanson, Pro Vice-Chancellor (External) said:
“It is really encouraging to see these increased figures, which show that our whole-University approach to employability is working. All of our Faculties are actively involved in helping their students become more employable, by instilling confidence, involving employers in courses and ensuring that graduates know how to present themselves effectively. Added to this we have an excellent careers service, which will now be even more accessible to students in our new Catalyst building.”
Opportunities available to Edge Hill students include working on live briefs from companies, work placements, internships and studying abroad. A seven-figure Student Opportunity Fund enables students to participate in many employability-enhancing projects. These have included performing in New York, studying healthcare in Finland, attending conferences in Dublin and, closer to home, gaining experience of the creative industries on the University’s own record label and literary press.
Edge Hill was one of the first universities to establish a whole-university approach to embedding employability and develop an institutional employability strategy– endorsed by the government’s Office for Fair Access as best practice to the sector in 2014.
A further indicator of Edge Hill’s exceptional performance in helping students start their careers is its shortlisting for the Target Jobs National Employability award 2017 and 2018.