Leading UK businesses turn to Aston graduates

Aston Graduates

12th January 2012

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

For the second year running Aston University has been ranked 17th overall by the UK’s top 100 leading businesses with Apple, Goldman Sachs, Procter & Gamble, Rolls Royce and IBM among the companies surveyed by High Flyers Research.        

The Graduate Market in  2012 survey includes the encouraging news that graduate vacancies are set to increase again in 2012, the third consecutive year that recruitment has risen. The report also highlights that around 36 per cent of top graduate employers expect to hire graduates who have already worked for them via placements, sandwich courses or internships. This is a record number for jobs filled by graduates with work experience, with the survey now in its 16th year.

It is further good news for Aston Graduates, following recent praise from David Willetts, Minister for universities and science, of Aston's placement year. He has called for more universities to follow Aston’s lead in offering 'sandwich courses' for undergraduates to help gain valuable work experience.

Professor Helen Higson, Senior Pro Vice Chancellor at Aston University welcomed the survey’s findings and comments from the universities minister encouraging more higher education institutions to offer sandwich courses.

Professor Higson said; “Aston University passionately believes in the value of placement years, sandwich courses and year abroad programmes and we have 40 years of experience in offering these experiences to our students.  We currently have 60 per cent of our students enrolled on these degrees, the highest of any UK university. This influential report highlights more than ever the advantages of placement years, with many students offered graduate jobs by their placement employer.”

She added; “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”.


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