University of Northampton students have more chance of getting jobs after graduating than most in UK: report

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Students at the University of Northampton have more chance of getting a job after graduating compared to the majority of other universities, according to a new report.

The university has been placed in the top five in the UK for student employability in a report produced from the 2015 Destination of Higher Education Leavers data.

For the third year running, the university has recorded a 96 percent employability rate of students in work or further study six months after graduating.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Nick Petford said: “Our employability figure remains consistently strong at 96 per cent. This is great news for the University and for all our students; whether new graduates, undergraduates or those still contemplating their future education options.

“The Destination of Higher Education Leavers statistics once again recognises our commitment to the employability prospects of our graduates. We know that our graduates leave us with more than just great qualifications in their chosen field.”

Wray Irwin, Head of the University’s Centre for Employability and Engagement, said: “The Centre for Employability and Engagement helps our students develop their employability skills, through placements and internship opportunities; as well as working with students to develop their confidence and work place competence to give them a competitive edge when applying for roles in their chosen industry.

“The University also prides itself on creating strong links with industry as part of our study programmes, which again gives students the opportunity to hone the skills employers tell us they are looking for.”

Victor Agboola, President of the University of Northampton Students’ Union said: “The Students’ Union are delighted that the University of Northampton has once again been recognised as amongst the best in England for employability.

“The University’s Centre for Employability and Engagement and the Students’ Union provide a fantastic service to students to enhance their employability skills through a variety of opportunities and additional training to further develop our students’ professional development and their ability to articulate these and we’re happy to see these reflected in today’s statistics.”