Top employers target Aston for graduates

Aston Graduates
Aston Graduates among most employable in the UK

19th January 2011

An independent recruitment survey of the UK’s 100 top employers rates Aston University among the top 20 UK universities they turn to for graduate employment.

Rolls Royce, GlaxoSmithKline and IBM, were among the leading businesses surveyed by High Flyers Research, with Aston ranked 17th overall.  

The survey, now in its 15th year, suggests a more optimistic jobs market for graduates with nine per cent more vacancies overall than last year. The top 100 employers are also expecting to increase their graduate recruitment by 9.4% in 2011.

The report also highlights that one third of top graduate employers expect to hire graduates who have already worked for them via placements, sandwich courses or internships.

Helen Higson, Senior Pro Vice Chancellor at Aston University welcomed the survey’s findings. She said; “For over 40 years Aston has passionately believed in the value of placement years, sandwich courses and year abroad programmes.  We currently have 60% of our students enrolled on these degrees, the highest of any UK university. We know that year after year our placement students are offered graduate jobs by their placement employer and this influential report confirms that fact.

 “The fact that Aston features in the top 20 of this survey again is especially pleasing because it is not weighted according to size. Aston has around 2,500 graduates each year compared to over 4,000 at the vast majority of other Universities in the UK. We may be small but we clearly have a big reputation. Over 150 companies and organisations visited our campus last term alone to recruit our graduates and placement students”.

Aston’s graduates are consistently among the most employable in the UK. Nearly 82% of its 2009 graduates found graduate-level employment against a national average of less than 70%* (*Higher Education Careers Service Unit report).

The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 ranks Aston University10th out of all UK Universities for its graduate-level employment success over the last 3 years. These are defined by the government as those careers which are professional in nature and/or where a degree was a necessary or preferred requirement for the role.

Aston is supporting a number of regional and national initiatives to help maintain its reputation for graduate employment success. Aston students and graduates needing any help and support are welcome to make full use of the Aston University Careers and Employability Centre.

For further information contact Alex Earnshaw, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4549