15th July 2011, 10:14am
Lincoln graduates enjoy job prospects above national average
Handshake at a job interview Graduates from the University of Lincoln are enjoying much improved job prospects despite the tough economic climate, according to the latest national survey.

The results from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) report show that nine out of ten of Lincoln's graduates from summer 2010 were in work or further study six months after finishing their studies. More than two thirds were in graduate level roles.

The DLHE report is a statutory survey conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, which asks all graduating students in a given year for an update on their employment status six months after leaving university.

The latest data tables, published today (Friday 15th July 2011), show that 93% of students who graduated from the University of Lincoln at the end of the 2009/10 academic year were in employment or further study six months later. That represents an increase of 8% on the previous year. The proportion of Lincoln graduates who were working in graduate level jobs was 67%, up from 56% the year before.

The results place the University of Lincoln well above the national university sector averages of 90% (employment or further study) and 64% (graduate level employment).

The latest figures will feed into next year's national university league tables and will also be used in the Key Information Set all universities will be asked to publish for prospective students.

Professor Andrew Atherton, Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, said: "The economic downturn of 2007-09 affected graduate job prospects drastically, with fewer vacancies and opportunities.
"The University of Lincoln responded by setting up a major internship scheme and working closely with the Students' Union on key projects, including a new Job Shop and employability events during induction week, graduation and throughout the academic year.
"This year's survey of our most recent graduates, year 2009/10, has recorded a significant rise in the proportion of our students securing a graduate level job. This is a fantastic achievement that places us in the top 50 for employability."

The second tranche of data from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey was published on Friday 15th July 2011 and included performance indicators for UK universities, including the percentage of first time degree leavers entering employment or further study. See www.hesa.ac.uk for more information.
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