National survey highlights the rise in the professional employment rates of UWS graduates

25 Jul 2016

A dramatic rise in the professional employment rates of UWS graduates was highlighted in the results of a national survey, announced by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 21 July 2016.

The results of the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2014/15 survey see 66% of UWS graduates in professional destinations six months after graduating. This is an increase of 6.8% compared to the previous year and is 8% above the Scottish average.

This significant rise sees UWS climb six places compared to 2013/14 to 6th in Scotland for this measure.

The UWS Corporate Strategy underlines its commitment to continuing to develop UWS as a truly 21st century university; one that puts its students at the centre of all that it does. The results of the DLHE survey highlight the importance the University places on its students, equipping them with the skills, knowledge and training required for success in the workplace.

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UWS, said: “I am thrilled to see such an increase in the number of our graduates being employed in graduate jobs.  In our corporate strategy we set ambitious targets to develop UWS and the results of this survey clearly highlight that we have already made great strides in achieving these and that the efforts of colleagues are starting to make an impact.  I am particularly pleased to see that we are considerably above the Scottish average.”

This survey also saw an increase in the percentage of UWS graduates who obtained their first degree on a full-time basis and are in employment or further study, rising to 94.7% for 2014/15.

Professor Mahoney added: “We are encouraged that the University’s philosophy of providing each and every student with a first-class learning experience through our student-centred, personalised and distinctive learning and teaching is showing results.  UWS changes lives through investment in excellent teaching and learning, using modern pedagogy and technology, underpinned by world class research.  All of this enables our graduates to successfully complete their degrees and become more attractive to employers. Obviously, there is still some way to go and we cannot be complacent but the results so far are very positive.”