University of Winchester ranked top ten in UK for graduates in employment and further study

1 Oct 2021
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The University of Winchester is ranked joint 6th in the UK for the number of undergraduate students in full-time employment or further study 15 months after graduation, according to the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021 from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

The 2021 figures show that 90 per cent of Winchester UK-domiciled, full-time undergraduates were in full-time employment or further study 15 months after graduating in 2018/2019. In addition, the University is placed joint 5th in the UK for lowest graduate unemployment.

Compared with all other higher education institutions across Hampshire, Sussex and Dorset, the University of Winchester is top for the proportion of students in employment or further study and second for the lowest unemployment.

Undergraduate courses at the University of Winchester with 95 per cent or more of graduates in employment or further study after 15 months include:

  • BSc (Hons) Social Work
  • BSc (Hons) Digital Technologies
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BEd (Hons) Primary Education
  • BA (Hons) English Language Studies
  • BA (Hons) Drama Studies
  • BA (Hons) Media and Communications.

University of Winchester Vice-Chancellor, The Reverend Professor Elizabeth Stuart, said: “The University of Winchester has excelled in the number of graduates from its undergraduate programmes who are in employment and further study. This is especially impressive given the impact of the global pandemic on the economy and on young professionals in particular. This cohort of students who were surveyed in the middle of the pandemic should be proud of all they have achieved despite the challenges they have faced since graduating.

“These fantastic results underline our commitment to the success of our students who go on to make a real difference in the world and are testament to the hard work of colleagues across the University and the employers we work with to shape our courses and help our students to flourish in the real world.”

Tom Lowe, Head of Student Engagement and Employability, said: “The University of Winchester is committed to supporting our students and graduates to develop their employability. Our new offer of Careers Advice for Life gives our graduates support at any stage of their career, as well as our CareerConnect platform advertising dozens of new roles every day. Our new Careers and Opportunities Hub supports our students from day one at Winchester to find part-time employment, take part in placements and enrichment activities, as well as searching for graduate careers towards the end of their degrees.”

Carried out by HESA, the Graduate Outcomes Survey is the largest survey of employment and further study outcomes, exploring what former students from UK universities and other higher education providers are doing 15 months after completing their studies.

Also jointly ranked 6th in the UK for the number of graduates in full-time employment or further study 15 months after graduating are: University College London; Kings College London; Liverpool John Moores University; Robert Gordon University; Royal Agricultural University; Ulster University; Glasgow Caledonian University; Loughborough University; Edinburgh Napier University; York St John University; Edge Hill University; and the Universities of Suffolk, Warwick, Lancaster, Birmingham, Plymouth, West of England Bristol, Worcester, Leeds, Nottingham, Reading, and Dundee.

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