By Hugh Doyle
Cardiff University has been named as one of the best UK universities for employability in a recent survey.
Cardiff was ranked 14th out of 63 UK universities. In addition to placing in the top 20 UK universities, it was also the highest ranked Welsh university with Swansea, Bangor, and Aberystwyth placing 33rd, 39th, and 50th respectively. Cambridge topped the UK survey and The California Institute of Technology (more commonly known as Caltech) placed 1st in the Global Survey.
The survey, commissioned by Times Higher Education, asked businesses and recruitment managers, around the world, which universities produced the most employable graduates in their opinion.
As more people head to university than ever before, employability is being seen as a key factor by prospective students attempting to differentiate various universities. Consequently, preparing graduates for the workplace through the addition of placement years and internships is becoming increasingly common in Higher Education.
Cardiff itself runs schemes, such as the Cardiff Award Programme, which give students evidence of their employability statistics, while also having a dedicated Careers and Employability Service, which assists students by developing key workplace skills, as well as giving career advice.
Cardiff boasts a 94% graduate rate per the latest Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) statistics. This is above both the UK (93.9%) and Welsh (93.2%) average for first-degree graduates being in employment and/or continuing their higher education.
Responding to HESA’s statistics upon their release in July, the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience & Academic Standards, Professor Patricia Price said: “these figures prove that Cardiff University graduates are highly sought after by employers and equipped with the right skills for further study.
“We remain highly regarded by employers and have an excellent graduate employment record with students finding employment or entering further training”.