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New statistics reveal York graduates are some of the most employable in the UK

Image credit: The Yorker
Image credit: The Yorker
Image credit: The Yorker

The latest statistics from the Department for Education have revealed that the University of York has the highest proportion of graduates in work or further study three years after graduating, out of all the United Kingdom’s Russell Group universities.

Out of all UK universities, York has the joint fourth highest rate in England with 84.6% of 2008/09 graduates in further study and/or full-time employment during the three years after graduation. Additionally, York is one of only two institutions, along with the University of Loughborough, where male and female students did equally well, with both achieving identical scores. The University of York is also the highest among universities in Yorkshire and the North East of England.

The figures were released by the Department for Education. They were ground-breaking in the sense that for the first time they were achieved by combining graduate data with HMRC tax returns separated by each university.

Tom Banham, the Director of Employability and Careers at York, commented:

“These are extremely positive figures and reflect the hard work of staff and students. Universities must ensure their graduates are properly equipped for the world of work or further study and these figures demonstrate that York is clearly succeeding in that area. Over the years York has launched a number of projects and initiatives to support the employability of our students, and I’m delighted to see that our graduates are now benefiting from that.”

Recent initiatives launched by the University of York in order to increase employability among its graduates include The York Awards qualification, increased opportunities for international experience, a wider range of volunteering placements and the introduction of problem-based modules in York’s law and medical schools.

The University of York is also the first UK university to launch a crowdfunding platform to enable students to fundraise in order to achieve their business goals.