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Durham top for graduate employment and further study

(17 August 2017)

Durham University has the highest rate employment and further study for undergraduates completing their first degree, according to a survey by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). 

The survey found that 97.9 per cent of Durham University undergraduates completing their first degree were in employment or further study three and a half years after graduation, the highest rate of any UK university.

The survey results further cement Durham’s position as a leader in UK higher education, recognised as one of the top universities both nationally and globally in a range of respected rankings.


Exciting time for Durham

Professor Alan Houston, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) at Durham University, said; “This result comes at an exciting time for Durham.

“We recently adopted an ambitious ten-year Strategy with the goal of delivering world-leading research; education that is challenging, difficult, enabling and transformative; and an unrivalled wider student experience.

“Our distinctive research-led education gives our students important intellectual capabilities, enhanced employment skills and the capacity for independent learning and problem solving. These qualities make our graduates some of the most sought-after in the world.

Leadership and community activities

“Durham’s academic offering is complemented by our collegiate system, which focuses on student development through leadership, service and community activities.

“In addition, the Careers, Employability and Enterprise team at Durham works in partnership with leading employers, academic departments, colleges, societies and students to ensure that employability and employment related skills are integral to every student’s experience.” 

You can find out more about student life at Durham University here.

HESA’s Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Longitudinal survey included graduates from the 2012-2013 academic year and looked at rates of employment and further study three and a half years after graduation.