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Ready-for-work Brunel graduates among most employable in the UK

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Brunel graduates are among the most employable in the country, with 94% in a job or further study six months after leaving the university.

According to HESA’s latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education report, the figure places Brunel University London two per cent above the sector average - with only 92% of last year’s UK undergraduates in the same position after completing their courses.

The survey, which is taken by every university in the UK, also showed that 73% of last year’s Brunel leavers who found employment had gone into graduate-level jobs – eleven per cent more than in the previous year (62%), and equal to the sector average.

“Our job is to make sure that the student journey at Brunel leads to more than just academic achievement. Of course scholarly education is still vitally important, but we also know a flexible approach is needed to our undergraduates’ time with us on campus – one that means they are ready for the world of work once they leave,” said Professor Julia Buckingham, Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London.

“We believe that employers are a crucial part of the journey and by focusing on placements, championing internships, supporting start-ups and inviting industry mentors to work with our students, we think our graduates are much better prepared for the next step in their career. There is no greater reward for following this vision than seeing our students getting the futures they deserve.”

Brunel focuses on giving students the skills they need for a successful career, whether through the Brunel Educational Excellence Centre, which equips them with academic skills for the next stage in their education; or the Professional Development Centre (http://www.brunel.ac.uk/pdc), which teaches important workplace skills, from critical thinking to leadership.

This year, the university launched its new Brunel+ award, designed to give recognition for non-academic activities that show employers that students have skills beyond academia. For more information, visit https://plus.brunel.ac.uk/.

For more information about the 2014/15 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education report, visit https://www.hesa.ac.uk/stats-dlhe.