1. Main Graduate Destination
Overview of Graduate Population
- In total, there were 58,136 eligible graduates to be surveyed
- The response rate was 51%
- By gender, 53% of graduates were female and 47% were male
- The most popular area of study was Business, Administration and Law (24%)
Main Graduate Destination Definitions
- In Employment: Graduates are considered to be employed 9 months after graduation if they are working full-time, working part-time or due to start a job in the next 3 months.
- In Further Study: Graduates are considered to be in further study 9 months after graduation if they are enrolled in either full-time or part-time further study and training.
- Engaged in Other Activities: Other activities include caring for family members or others, travelling, volunteering, illness, retirement, unemployed yet not seeking employment, and any other activities.
- Unemployed: Unemployed graduates consist of graduates who are unemployed and looking for a job 9 months after graduation.
1.1 Main Graduate Destination – Institute Type
Nine months after graduation, 78% of graduates were in employment. A further 14% were in further study. Universities had the highest proportion of graduates in either employment or further study (94%).
Overall, employment outcomes did not vary significantly by gender, with 79% of females and 78% of males in employment nine months after graduation. However, a slightly higher proportion of females were in part-time employment – 8% of females were in part-time employment, while 5% of males were in part-time employment.
1.2 Main Graduate Destination – Mode of Study
The main graduate destination varies by mode of study. While 99% of remote graduates were in employment, 75% of full-time graduates were in employment. Moreover, while 16% of full-time graduates were in further study, less than 5% of either part-time or remote graduate were in further study.
1.3 Main Graduate Destination – Programme Type
Compared to other programme types, Honours Degree graduates were least likely to be in employment nine months after graduation, yet were most likely to be in further study.
Nine months after graduation, 74% of Honours Degree graduates were in employment, compared to 86% of Masters Taught graduates, 91% of Research Degree graduates and 93% of Postgraduate Diploma graduates. One-fifth (18%) of Honours Degree graduates were in further study nine months after graduation.
1.4 Main Graduate Destination – Field of Study
Employment outcomes vary by field of study. Education graduates were most likely to be in employment nine months after graduation, with 93% of graduates in employment. Arts & Humanities had the lowest proportion of graduates in employment (63%).
Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics had the highest proportion (25%) of graduates in further study nine months after graduation, followed by Arts & Humanities (24%).
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