Is university still the ultimate springboard to success?

Published: 17 September 2007 at 13:11

Anglia Ruskin confirms that 93% of its graduates go from university straight into work or into further study.

Anglia Ruskin University has produced a report highlighting what happens to its students after they graduate. 

The Destination of Leavers Survey 2005-2006 – which is produced in association with the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) - shows that 93% of respondents to the survey entered employment or further study, a figure that is up from 90% in 2005. 

What is of key interest to those considering higher education is the breakdown of this total. 23% of respondents, who included first degree graduates, postgraduates and students with other HE qualifications, went onto further study, training or research and two-thirds of these were also in employment. A further 3.9% went onto become self employed in jobs including consultancy, event management and software development, a figure which is growing year on year; while a massive 73.5% of these full-time leavers entered employment in the East of England. 57.5% of these newly employed graduates work in Essex while 22.6% are in Cambridgeshire.

Only 2.3% of leavers were still seeking employment at the time of the survey.

The average salary level of graduates who started working straight after completing their studies was £19,000.

“The chances of graduates securing work when they leave Anglia Ruskin University are exceptionally high,”

says Jean Lambert, Associate Director of Student Affairs,

“which is why higher education is still such a hugely attractive proposition.”

HESA, which works in collaboration with Department for Education and Skills (DfES) statisticians, has produced details of the national picture in terms of destinations of leavers at the same time. The national snapshot shows a similar situation in terms of graduates being successful in finding jobs.

Looking at the figures for Anglia Ruskin University more closely, some subject related detail emerges.

The Standard Industrial Classification produced by HESA showed that more of Anglia Ruskin University’s leavers entered Health and Social Work (34%) than any other sector.  One outstanding result relates to full-time nurses.  98% of nurse leavers entered employment, against the background of a national downturn in recruitment and widespread redundancy.

Other industry sectors taking in substantial numbers of Anglia Ruskin University graduates included property development, business, education, public administration and defence.

HESA also confirms that 37.6% entered employment as an Associate Professional or within a Technical Occupation, 29% went into Professional Occupations and 11.9% entered into the world of work as a Manager or Senior Official.

“We have many part-time students at our University and many of these move directly into the sectors for which they have trained and with which we have developed strong links,”

continues Jean Lambert. 

“These figures are very reassuring to those considering taking the first step towards higher education.”