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Work success for graduates

A total of 92 per cent of full-time first degree graduates from the University of Roehampton were in work or further study six months after finishing their courses, a figure higher than almost any other university in London, according to the latest data released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

Posted: 8 July 2014

Compared to the 21 major London universities, including King’s College, UCL and Imperial, Roehampton graduates were the sixth most likely to be employed or in further study, ahead of the LSE, Queen Mary University of London and Goldsmiths College.

Julie Powell, Head of Employability and Entrepreneurship at the University of Roehampton, said: “We’ve made promoting work-related skills across every single area of student life, including in lectures, a top priority and I’m so pleased it’s resulted in such high numbers of Roehampton graduates finding work quickly.

“We’re hearing more and more from employers that successful recruits need a great degree, and the ability to hit the ground running to really stand out. We promote useful and related work experience and paid internships alongside making career skills integral to our lectures and seminars, so students can build that knowledge early and see what they learn being applied in practice.

“Ms Powell added: “It’s very heartening for people graduating later this month to know they will be in such a good position. The University of Roehampton is proud to prepare students to be responsible and confident people who are the type of graduates employers want to recruit, and this survey shows we’re clearly doing a good job for our students.”

All of the University’s academic programmes place a strong emphasis on enhancing students’ career skills and all have the opportunity to undertake paid internships. Recent examples include partnerships with regional newspaper publisher Newsquest, and the Wimbledon Book Festival. Many Roehampton departments also offer work experience modules and students have been placed in organisations including Debenhams and Sky Media.

The University’s Employability and Entrepreneurship team works throughout the year with individuals to sharpen CVs, give interview advice and arrange mentoring from people already in employment. It runs workshops, provides one-to-one advice and guidance, a jobshop and online employment resources including aCV builder, a mock interview simulator, and video/audio guides.

The figures are contained in the annual Destination of Leavers of Higher Education report, compiled by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, the official source of statistics for the Higher Education sector. Roehampton has risen 25 places this year, thanks to the increased emphasis on life after lectures.

Roehampton’s figure of 92.3 per cent of full-time first degree graduates in work or training is higher than students leaving comparable universities of Kingston (89.0 per cent), Westminster (88.4 per cent), Middlesex (87.2 per cent) and Greenwich (85.9 per cent).

Across all English universities, including Russell Group institutions, Roehampton graduates scored higher than Oxford (91.4 per cent), the LSE (89.2 per cent), the University of Essex (91.2 per cent) and Brunel University (90.7 per cent).

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