What do Brunel graduates do?

Graduate destinations 2011-2012

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey provides a snapshot of graduate activity six months after completing their studies. This information is compiled by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) who report national outcomes and university league tables.

One of the tables produced is an employment indicator table which takes the base population of full time, first degree home leavers in employment, further study or looking for work. Based on this criteria Brunel’s employment indicator for 2011/12 is 91.1%.

The following statistics provides a more detailed breakdown of graduate activity based on the total First Degree home leaver population whose employment circumstances are listed below.  

First Degree Graduates – Home, Full-time and Sandwich Placement

Employment Circumstances
% known
Full-time paid work (including self employment)
Further study
Combination of work and study
Due to start a job within a month of the survey
Not available for work or study
Assumed to be unemployed

Postgraduate – Home, Full-time 

Employment circumstances
% known
Full-time paid work (including self employment)
Further study
Combination of work and study
Not available for work or study

Due to the high number of students in the School of Health Sciences and Social Care and the School of Sport and Education, a large proportion of Brunel graduates work in the public sector and as a result in 2011/12, the largest recruiters of our First Degree and Postgraduates were:

  • Public Administration – 94 Brunel graduates were working in central and local government within local councils and the civil service
  • Education – 449 Brunel graduates were working in education (including eight at Brunel University)
  • NHS – 142 Brunel graduates were working in hospitals and Primary Care Trusts
  • Social Work – 89 Brunel graduates were working within social service departments

This represents 35% of the total graduate population.

Many other Brunel graduates went to work in commercial industry for large blue-chip multinational companies and in 2011/12 other recruiters of our graduates were:

  • Apple
  • Accenture
  • Aston Villa Football Club
  • Barclays Bank
  • British Airways
  • Chelsea Football Club
  • City Year
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst and Young
  • FDM
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • IBM
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Lloyds TSB Bank
  • Parexel International
  • RBS
  • Rolls Royce
  • Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Santander
  • West Ham Football Club

Page last updated: Wednesday 10 July 2013