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Hull ranked one of the top universities for graduate employment

9 June 2017

2nd place ranking

The University offers students a variety of ways to boost their CV and develop their work experience. These students, (l-r)) Laurabel Williams, Lucy Henn and Augustine Kadare were given the opportunity to work for six weeks in the Thai capital of Bangkok to develop the skills valued by future employers and enhance their career prospects.

The University of Hull is one of the best in the country according to a Department of Education report* recognising the high proportion of its graduates in sustained employment or further study five years after graduation.

Hull has been ranked second in the Government report putting it above more than 100 other English universities in the study.

The University also ranked highly for its proportion of law graduates in work or further study five years after graduation. Ranked in fifth place, the University credits employability initiatives which ensure that our graduates are well-prepared for the world of work.

The Department for Education rankings, come as part of a government initiative to enhance data on student outcomes in order to help applicants make informed choices about where to study and to increase understanding of the value of a university degree.

Professor Glenn Burgess, Acting Vice-Chancellor at the University, said:

We are delighted to have achieved this impressive ranking. We know how important career prospects are to all our students and we are very proud of how well we prepare our graduates for the world of work.
The University of Hull is proud of its excellent employability results. The proportion of graduates in work or further study six months after graduation is also ranked in the top 10 according to figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency’**.

University of Hull Director of Careers and Employability Service, Norman Day, said:

These rankings are a real achievement for us – particularly since we are already ranked in the top ten for employability for graduates six month after their graduation.
The fact that our graduates also have great employment prospects five years after graduating – as this study shows – is testimony to the high importance we place on helping our graduates develop a remarkable skillset to complement their degree.
The University helps all its graduates for as long as they need our support at the end of their course.
We place a high value on providing a lifetime service to all our alumni, many of whom come back into the University to support the employability of our current students – which I believe is in turn reflected in our performance in employability rankings like these.

This Department for Education report is also scheduled to release additional rankings for all subjects for each university, following on from the success of the pilot subject study for destinations for law graduates in which Hull was ranked fifth.

These Government rankings continue to build on the University’s reputation both locally and internationally:

  • The University was ranked among the world’s top universities in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, announced in March. Law and Medicine were highlighted in the individual subject rankings.
  • The University has been awarded the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for research into slavery, played a major role in shaping the UK’s Modern Slavery Act, and acted as an advisor to the UK’s Anti-Slavery Commissioner. It has also provided a service to help UK companies check their supply chains for forms of slavery. The University’s work in this field work came to the world’s attention when it helped develop the Global Slavery Index.
  • Scientists at the University have won awards for helping cancer patients live longer and are working in partnership with Yorkshire Cancer Research, Hull York Medical School and Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust on a £4.9m research programme to tackle cancer inequalities in the region.

*The Department for Education report can be accessed here. Please note, this is the second set of data in a series of experimental statistics from the Department and it is stressed that the metrics are still a ‘work in progress’.

**The annual Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) is the university sector’s benchmark of employability, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency. (2015)

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