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Top employability ranking for Wrexham Glyndwr University in new survey

19 June 2017

Built environment, engineering and technology graduates from Wrexham Glyndwr University are more likely to be in employment than counterparts from other Welsh universities five years after graduation.

The university had the highest percentage in Wales of 2008/09 architecture, building and planning (92%) graduates and engineering and technology (87.6%) graduates in employment or further study in a new survey based on tax data.

Welsh universities are included for the first time in the Department for Education’s Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) dataset.

It focuses on the employment and earnings outcomes in the tax year 2014/15 for those who graduated with an undergraduate degree in 2008/09, 2010/11 and 2012/13 from a higher education institution in Great Britain.

Wrexham Glyndwr University graduates from business and administrative studies were also placed second in Wales for employment and further study in their category five years after graduation (85.7%). 

The LEO also tracks median salaries, with Wrexham Glyndwr University placing in the top two Welsh universities for the median salary of engineering and technology graduates one, three and five years after graduation in the 2014/15 tax year.

A spokesperson for Wrexham Glyndwr University said: “We’re delighted that our graduates are among the most employable in Wales.

“The curriculum and university experience in Wrexham is all geared towards producing highly employable graduates and this is borne out by the results of the survey, particularly in engineering and technology.”

Commenting on the data, Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said: “Across all universities and courses, official figures show that graduates in the UK are still more likely to be in employment. On average, they continue to earn substantially more than non-graduates.

“Skilled graduates are increasingly in demand from employers, and UK universities are working harder than ever to ensure that graduates in every discipline pick up the diverse range of skills that will be essential to them throughout their lives, and also essential to employers as the number of jobs requiring graduate-level skills increases.

“The ability to think critically and to analyse and present evidence are skills that enrich graduates' lives, and last for life.”