A North East university is seeing an increase in the number of its graduates staying in the region, new Government figures have revealed.
The latest statistics from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show 95.2% of UK graduates from Newcastle University were in employment or further study within six months, an increase from 93.4% the year before.
The region’s economy is also being boosted, as the number of students staying in the North East to work has increased from 1,145 to 1,239.
Encouragingly, the proportion of all leavers, including international graduates, finding high level jobs has also risen to 80.4% from 78.7% in 2011. Of those graduates in employment from full-time undergraduate courses, 84.9% were in professional or managerial occupations.
Andrew Haxell, assistant director of the Careers Service at Newcastle University, said: “This is a really pleasing result given the ongoing economic difficulties the entire country is facing.
“These numbers show the true value that gaining a degree can have for getting a great start on the career ladder.
“Here at Newcastle University, we not only arm our students with academic achievements, but we also provide them with a range of opportunities to develop employability skills alongside their studies – ensuring they have the best chance possible of succeeding in their chosen careers.”
Recent graduate Emma Cash will start work at Tesco this summer as a product technologist, where she will be approving many of the new healthcare products that Tesco is looking to stock.
Emma, who completed a degree in medicinal chemistry, said: “Tesco were only looking to recruit people with a relevant degree for these roles and it was a hard recruitment process to get the job.
“I had to go for a full day assessment, which involved presentations, group work and individual interviews.
“Fortunately, the careers service at Newcastle University was amazingly supportive during the whole process.
“They even arranged a mock assessment day where they gave me really useful feedback on how I could improve my performance. It really helped my confidence on the day.”
Newcastle graduates are also increasingly setting up their own businesses. Last year there was a 47% increase in the number of students who were self employed.
Rise Up, which is part of the Careers Service, provides enterprise support to student entrepreneurs, who can get advice and mentoring from some of the region’s top experts, as well as a dedicated space to develop their business idea.