[Laura Slingo – News Editor]
In recent months there has been much commotion over the state of graduate employment. Even though higher salaries have been peeking through, there has still been a lingering worry surrounding the deficiency in high skilled jobs that may not be able to cater the new, young professionals entering the workplace. However, the University of Hertfordshire has defied the odds.
According to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DHLE) survey, 95.2 per cent of UH students are in work or further study just six months after graduating, therefore standing ahead of the national average which is at 93.2 per cent.
Additionally, the rate of graduate employment increases across four of the University’s schools to 98 per cent including: Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics, Health and Social Work, Law and Education. This only proves that the University of Hertfordshire is exceeding all expectations.
Complementing these outstanding results, figures from the UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) highlight that UH has climbed 30 places in the UK Performance Indicators for Employment since 2013/14 and is now ranked 35th out of 152 universities in Britain. Overall, UH has also risen an impressive 75 places in the last two years. Resultantly, the University is now ranked in the top two universities in the east of England in terms of employability, coming second only to Cambridge.
Figures for graduate employment at UH therefore highlight the rapid evolution of the University as it endeavours to provide and prepare its students as they embark into the professional world.
Professor Quintin McKellar, CBE, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire comments: “We are delighted at this further evidence of the continued success of our students. This is a great result for our university.”
With so many of the University of Hertfordshire’s graduates finding jobs so quickly, it only proves that there is still some value in a degree that should be left undebated.