University of Cumbria has been rated as top in the North West and amongst the best in the UK for graduate employability.
Recent statistics from the Higher Education Statistic Agency (HESA) say 96 percent of all its graduates in employment or undertaking further study within 15 months of graduating.
The HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey records what higher education (HE) students are doing 15 months after qualification, and the latest figure puts the University of Cumbria top in the North West compared to other non-specialist higher education institutes.
Also, 83% of our graduates who entered into paid or voluntary employment were in professional-level jobs.
Speaking about the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey, University of Cumbria Vice Chancellor Professor Julie Mennell said: “Here we work hard to equip and empower our students with everything they need to pursue their chosen career.
“Our focus on providing a learning environment, industry-related work experience opportunities and teaching from people who have worked in their profession make this possible.
“We continue to work in partnership with local and national employers to produce graduates with the skills and abilities needed to contribute to business growth and development in our region and beyond.
“And we pride ourselves on guiding our students to achieve more, making us one of the top universities in the UK for graduate outcomes.”
Continuing to show consistent and year on year progression in graduate success and outcomes, this latest report follows on the back of a study commissioned by Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance earlier this year.
It shows the University of Cumbria ranked as third in the north for students to start or manage a business and 25th in the study overall.
The University of Cumbria has also recently been recognised as number one for its quality of education in the UK and eighth in the world.
This is, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings, the only global performance tables that assess universities’ impact against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Many graduates have gone on to undertake professional roles with local, national and international employers in the NHS, wider health and social care sector, emergency services, education, rural and visitor economy, business and industry.
In particular, the COVID-19 crisis has thrown a spotlight on the work of essential key public services staff – especially those in medicine, nursing, teaching, allied health professions, social work and policing.
Such professions will be increasingly vital as the region begins to heal in the months ahead, and University of Cumbria plays a crucial role in training and supporting the key workers of tomorrow.
Its portfolio focus, and student and staff make-up enable the university to do this on a significant scale.
From the NHS and wider health and social care sector, emergency services, education, and policing, the university is determined to continue to do all it can to provide immediate support to these sectors and to support their longer-term resilience and recovery.
Professor Mennell goes on to say: “We are proud of all our alumni and many have gone on to achieve great things, locally, nationally and internationally.
“Our results in this year’s Graduate Outcomes Survey really demonstrate that if students stay focused, they can go far, and we are proud of the part we play in developing and equipping our graduates to go on and succeed in their chosen field.”