Cardiff Met tops prestigious group of Welsh institutions for graduate employment and further education

​08/07/2016

Cardiff Metropolitan University is the top Welsh University for graduate employment and further education according to a survey of prestigious UK institutions.

Cardiff Met graduates make up the the highest percentage of full-time first degree leavers from Wales who were employed, studying or both - six months after graduating in 2015-16.

The statistics are based on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey which asked leavers from higher education in 2014/15 what they were doing six months after graduation.

Of the 1305 Cardiff Met full-time first degree leavers  in 2014-15 who responded, 95.6% or a total of 1155 were in work, studying or both six months after graduating.​

This compares with 94.1% of Cardiff University graduates and 94% at University of South Wales, which placed second and third in Wales.

Kirsty Palmer, Cardiff Met's Director of Employability said:

"We are delighted with our 2015 graduates' performance in this year's Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey. Cardiff Met is committed to producing highly-skilled and employable graduates and these latest results are testament to this approach.

"Local, regional and national employers can be confident that Cardiff Met graduates are equipped with skills they need to grow their businesses, and prospective students know that by choosing Cardiff Met they are giving themselves the best chance of success within their chosen career.

"Much of the credit goes to the graduates themselves, of course, who have maximised these opportunities so fully and we wish them all possible continuing success."

Out of 162 UK Higher Education Providers (HEPs) who conducted the survey, indicators for UK domicile full-time first degree leavers were produced for 151, with an average rate of 94.0% in employment and/or further study. The employment rates for HE providers varied from 83.4% to 100.0%.

The majority of HE providers saw 92-96% of UK domicile full-time first degree leavers enter employment and/or further study. 28 HEPs achieved an indicator of over 96%.