December 6 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 13, 2013
Leaders at the University of Essex have defended its record after it was named among the worst in the country for preparing graduates for the workplace.
A study commissioned for The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide measured the percentage of students leaving more than 100 educational institutions and going into a professional job or further graduate-level study.
The guide found the success rate for graduates from the Colchester-based university was among the bottom 10 universities in the UK.
From 121 universities surveyed, Essex University came 112th with a success rate of 52%.
Imperial College London topped the list with a success rate of more than 89%, closely followed by Cambridge University on 85% while Buckinghamshire New University was deemed the worst performer on 44%.
However, Essex University’s director of employability Dave Stanbury said “significant investment” had gone into preparing students for the world of work. He said: “We are making progress, with our work receiving national recognition through a number of awards for our work placement opportunities. This month the university was shortlisted by the Times Higher Education Awards for our groundbreaking frontrunners work placement scheme and other student support initiatives.”