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Huddersfield in top six of English universities for employability

The University of Huddersfield has consolidated its position as one of the country’s very best when it comes to ensuring that graduates find employment or move on to further study within six months.

For the second year running, the University is at sixth place in a national league table that is based on data compiled by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), on behalf of the Government.  Huddersfield’s record is better than that of Oxford and Cambridge, and it retains its position as the top university in Yorkshire for graduate employability.

In carrying out its 2010-2011 survey  of the destination of  leavers of higher education, HESA found that  93.5% of Huddersfield graduates had found jobs or had moved on to further study within six months of leaving the university.

This virtually replicates last year’s HESA findings and once again Huddersfield has out-performed a roster of traditionally elite universities such as Oxford (at 43rd in the table of non-specialist or mainstream universities), Cambridge (29th) and Durham (18th).  Huddersfield occupies a higher place in the table than regional universities that include York (30th), Leeds (15th) and Manchester (39th).  The Yorkshire university closest to Huddersfield is Hull, in tenth place.

This means that for graduate employability, sixth-placed Huddersfield is well ahead of almost all of the universities and colleges conventionally regarded as its competitor institutions.  For example, the University of Bradford is 74th, the University of Salford is at 73rd, Leeds Metropolitan University is 49th and Sheffield Hallam is 47th.

Senior University of Huddersfield figures have welcomed the latest HESA findings, especially as economic conditions remain tough.

Professor Tim Thornton, who is Pro-Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, commented: “We continue to have great record for graduate employability because of the emphasis that we place on supporting students through professional courses, our excellent links with industry and the professions seen for example in placements, and the high quality of our teaching.”

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