National survey ranks Derby graduates among UK's 'most employable'

2 July 2015

University of Derby graduates are more employable than most other UK universities, according to new official figures.

A survey released today (July 2) reveals that 96.9% of University of Derby graduates – who had completed a full-time, first degree course during the 2013/14 academic year – were employed or studying six months on. This puts Derby 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions.

Derby's 96.9% figure – up from 96.7% in the previous such survey - is higher than the UK universities' average of 93.2%. The University's percentage was also higher than its 'benchmark group'; universities deemed similar to it such as Coventry University, Nottingham Trent and Sheffield Hallam University.

The survey is carried out annually by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and received replies from 2,195 Derby students out of a total 2,600 leavers (a response rate of 84.3%).

University of Derby senior staff said a concentration on ‘real-world learning’ and on providing degree courses which answered employers' needs and students' aspirations was behind the success.

Sue Morrison, Head of the Careers and Employment Service at the University of Derby, said: "We are thrilled to have confirmed what we already knew - Derby graduates are consistently highly employable and work ready. Our students combine their studies with employment opportunities such as part-time work and placements, as well as getting involved in additional activities such as sports and volunteering.

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“Across the University, we work closely with employers in a number of ways to understand what employers mean when they talk about 'work ready' graduates.

“The Careers and Employment Service continues to add new services, events and opportunities to enhance employability and support students during and after their studies. New and extended employer led events, internships and real-world projects all provide excellent development experiences and showcase talent, as highlighted by the survey’s results.”

We are delighted to celebrate the success of Derby graduates. Through our academic programmes students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed by employers. 

“Students also work during their studies to enhance their skills and experience, and to earn and support themselves whilst at university. Derby students and graduates are 'work ready' and our graduates are in demand.

"The University's Careers and Employment Service works with all students, graduates, academic teams, employers and community organisations to develop students' leadership and management skills, inform career choices and develop the skills and experience needed to build a successful career."