DLHE announces Education is most employable subject

Updated on: 29/08/2017

The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) has released the outcomes of the Longitudinal DLHE survey which exclusively contacted 2012/13 leavers.

The DLHE survey focuses on data from higher education institutions across the UK. It shows a percentage breakdown of the destinations of leavers after they have completed their studies and contributes towards university guides published by national newspapers.

The survey suggests that 93.3% of graduates from 2012/13 were in employment and/or further study, with 84.1% of those graduates in employment considered to be in ‘professional’ jobs.

The success of graduates in employment is a great way for undergraduates to assess an institution and Newman University Birmingham fairs extremely well when looking at graduate employment rates.

According to the Department for Education LEO data, Newman is the top university for graduate employment one year and three years after graduation and in the top 10 five years after graduation*.

The Economist recently produced a report ranking UK universities by earning data; their analysis compared expected earnings of graduates with their actual earnings to evaluate which universities added the most value. Newman University was placed 3rd of all universities in the UK; earnings were expected to be £21,557 five years after graduating, but in reality Newman graduates were earning £24,357, adding a £2,801 value, showing that Newman University boosts its graduates’ earnings by more than virtually all other UK universities.

Newman is proud to announce that the recently released DLHE survey results for students graduating in 2015/16 show that 94.5% of graduates have either found employment or have continued with their studies six months after graduation.

The success of Newman’s graduates is due to the commitment of the university to not only give students good academic qualifications but also to encourage a flexibility to change, enquiring minds capable of innovating and adapting to the challenges of the future which make Newman graduates highly sought after by employers.

This is demonstrated by the university careers team’s initiative to integrate preparation for careers into general teaching, putting students in an advantageous position when it comes to securing employment.

Senior Careers and Work Related Learning Officer, Melissa Clarke commented "Employability is high on the agenda for all Higher Education (HE) institutions with the Teaching Excellence Framework and the DLHE outcomes. This initiative at Newman University demonstrates our commitment to the student journey during and after their course, with graduates being able to access careers support for 3 years after graduation. This is something the careers team hopes to build upon and grow."

The DLHE report suggests that students felt that gaining skills and work experience were more important than gaining an extra qualification. Providing all students with a work placement opportunity is something that sets Newman University apart from most – the opportunity to gain work-place skills alongside their academic knowledge makes students even more employable, as they have gained real-life work-place skills.

The DLHE results show that, across all universities, the most common sector for leavers to be working in post-graduation was education, with 22.3% of graduates nationally working in this field. Many Newman graduates have studied towards a degree in, or related to, education, including programmes such as Initial Teacher Education (ITE), Early Childhood Education & Care, Studies in Primary Education and many more, including the opportunity to study joint honours in education and, subjects such as History, English or Sport*.

Newman University’s Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses support student-teachers to gain a good understanding of education and how children learn, as well as enhancing their subject knowledge and supporting its application in the classroom. When on teaching placements in partner schools, student-teachers at Newman are mentored by experienced teachers who work alongside university tutors to enable them to develop teaching skills and to prepare them for a career in teaching. The vast majority of Newman’s student-teachers find employment in schools in Birmingham and the West Midlands and a significant majority are employed in Newman’s partner schools.

Dr Lorraine Thomas, Acting Dean of Faculty of Education at Newman University Birmingham commented:

"There is no profession more important than teaching. Although teaching is a demanding career, it’s also a very rewarding career. In addition to the rewards of working with children and young people, teaching has excellent employability rates and teachers are in high demand in the UK and beyond. Furthermore, Newman’s newly qualified teachers working in primary, secondary or special schools earn very good graduate-level starting salaries and teaching has a clear career progression structure. 


"A career in teaching not only has a career path, but also enables individuals to make a real difference to the life chances of children and young people in primary and secondary schools."



* Source: Graduate outcomes by degree and university: Department of Education December 2016.  Proportion of graduates in sustained employment with or without further study (excludes self-assessment).  08/09, 10/11 and 12/13 cohorts.  Latest figures available.

* For further information visit www.newman.ac.uk/education-studies

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