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UCLan’s graduates receive a timely employment boost

04 July 2013

Chris Theobald

HESA figures show encouraging employment prospects for UCLan graduates

Graduating students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have received an encouraging boost to their employment prospects according to latest figures released today by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

The HESA figures reveal that 90.3% of UCLan’s full-time graduates went into a career or further study within six months of graduation.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Dave Phoenix said:

“These latest figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) are hugely encouraging especially for those who are about to graduate from UCLan next week.

“It shows the value placed on our graduates and I congratulate all of them as they further their careers and wish them well for the future.’’

“To have over 90% of UCLan graduates in employment or further study six months after graduation is a great achievement particularly when you recognise that the current economic conditions continue to make it challenging for anyone to find suitable employment opportunities. It shows the value placed on our graduates and I congratulate all of them as they further their careers and wish them well for the future.’’

The figure is not only an improvement on 2011 when the number of full-time graduates who went into a career or further study six months after graduation which was 86.9% but exceeds the benchmark set by the government.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor added: “Six months is a relatively short time to make a judgment about the value of studying for a degree and the occupations which graduates will enter in the future.

“What is crystal clear is that degree study remains one of the best ways of securing employment and a career because of the range opportunities the experience provides.”

“Ever since our inception a focus on employment has been at the heart of our DNA and today employability skills are embedded into every one of our degree programmes.”

“Our experience shows that relevant work experience and internships are key factors in our students gaining the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to become self-motivated, self-confident and self-managed graduates ideally suited for potential employers.

“Ever since our inception a focus on employment has been at the heart of our DNA and today employability skills are embedded into every one of our degree programmes.”

Significant numbers of UCLan graduates are entering health professions such as nursing, while the latest analysis also shows graduates finding good career opportunities in areas such as computing, engineering and pharmacy. UCLan graduates are also gaining places on a range of company graduate schemes such as Airbus, ASDA, British Sugar, Capita, IBM and Marks and Spencer.