Record number of Cardiff University graduates in work

9 July 2018

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Cardiff University graduates remain some of the most highly sought after amongst employers, new figures reveal.

The latest Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Employment of leavers 2016/2017 figures published this week (Thursday 5th July, 2018) show record levels of graduates have secured a job and/or continued with their studies six months after graduating.

According to the figures, 95.7% of UK full-time Cardiff University undergraduates were employed and/or studying, amounting to 3,060 out of a total of 3,195 – the highest percentage since the figures began (2012/2013) and above the current UK average (94.6%).

Up on the previous year (94.8%), it shows that Cardiff University remains one of the most attractive in the graduate employer stakes – ahead of other leading UK universities like Oxford (93.4%) and Cambridge (93.1%).

It also sees the University climb to sixth place (up from ninth) amongst the research-intensive Russell Group universities.

“We are very pleased with these results that show that Cardiff University is doing a good job in preparing our graduates for the competitive world of work,” according to Cardiff University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience and Academic Standards, Professor Amanda Coffey.

“We are very proud that we work in partnership with our students to take them on an inspiring educational journey that develops their leadership skills and prepares them for employment.

"Turning theory into practical application and providing experience of the working world are important facets of preparing our graduates for successful futures.

"We encourage our students to think about life beyond University from day one, offering experiences and support to give them a competitive advantage on graduating.

Despite a strong employability track record the University’s new strategy, The Way Forward 2018-2023, aims to make Cardiff graduates even more attractive for prospective employers.

Professor Coffey adds: “We have committed to giving all our students work placement opportunities, over time, as well as continuing to increase the availability of international study experiences.

“We have also renewed our commitment to international student mobility. Through our Global Opportunity Centre we will ensure that by 2023, at least 30% of our home students will be internationally mobile – so even more of our students are equipped for the workplace of tomorrow in a globalised world.”

The HESA UK Performance Indicators 2016/2017: Employment of leavers is available on the HESA website.