A report published today shows the University of Cumbria has increased its graduate prospects by almost 4% to 96.9%.
The university prides itself on preparing its students for the workplace and this report, ‘Destination of Leavers in Higher Education 2014/15’, published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), shows that now 96.9% of the university’s graduates are in full-time employment or further study within six months of receiving their degree, up from 93.4% in 2013/14.
Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Strike says:
“We are delighted with this result. This year over 3000 University of Cumbria students will achieve their awards, delivering additional skilled professionals into the workplace or on to higher degrees. Many choose to remain in Cumbria, north Lancashire and east London, contributing to the economic success and regeneration of our communities.
“Walk into a school in north Lancashire or Cumbria and there’s a high chance you will meet a University of Cumbria-trained teacher; in East London the percentage can be up to 70% due to our specialist teacher training campus based there.
“Similarly, at regional hospitals or health care providers, you are sure to meet nurses, midwives, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and radiographers trained by us.
“We believe this success stems from the nature of our programmes and our commitment to experiential learning. With lecturers who are practitioners as well as academics, students enjoy contact with people who put their learning into context, with first-class work experience and placements.”
The university celebrates its tenth anniversary next year, and this latest set of results evidences the institution’s maturity while at the same time reflecting the appropriateness of its academic provision much of which is designed in partnership with industry, ensuring the courses being studied meet their skills requirements.