3 July 2014

The University of Hertfordshire has received its highest graduate employment rate for ten years, climbing 45 places in the national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey and is ranked in the top two universities in the East of England region behind Cambridge*.

The DLHE survey, conducted by the UK's Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), revealed in its UK Performance Indicators for Employment 2012/13 that 93.2 per cent of students at the University are in work or further study six months after graduating**.

Julie Newlan, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise) and Director of Marketing and Communications at the University of Hertfordshire said: "We are delighted that we are one of the top universities in the region to have more graduates in jobs, self-employment or further study. This is evidence that studying at Hertfordshire officially makes students highly employable."

She adds:  "We pride ourselves on the support that we give to our students in distinguishing them in the market and equipping them for their future careers."

The survey provides information on the activities of leavers approximately six months after qualifying from any university or higher education institution in the UK. The University of Hertfordshire was ranked 65th out of 154 universities in the UK.

Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hertfordshire says: "There has never been a better time to be studying with us at Hertfordshire – we believe it is vital to develop our students' necessary employability skills throughout their educational journey."

He adds:  "For our graduates to be recognised in this way is fantastic and a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our staff who have worked with them."

The DLHE is an annual survey for UK universities - last year 88.8 per cent of students from the University were in employment or further study after graduating (2011/12).For this year's full list, please visit 2012/13[xlsx 34 KB] (UK leavers obtaining first degrees from full-time courses).

  • *The University of Hertfordshire ranks 2nd in the region after the University of Cambridge, above: Anglia Ruskin University, The University of East Anglia, Norwich University of the Arts, The University of Essex, University Campus Suffolk, University of Bedfordshire, Writtle College and Cranfield University.
  • **These results are for full-time, first degree, UK leavers 2012/13