The number of University of Portsmouth graduates going into professional level employment is significantly higher than the national average, according to new figures released this week (19th July).
For 2016/17 Portsmouth graduates, 82 per cent are in professional level occupations compared to 74 per cent for the rest of the UK higher education sector. The sector average has improved by under three per cent since last year, while the University of Portsmouth has seen a seven per cent improvement over the same period. This latest result for Portsmouth means it has improved by 15 per cent over the last three years.
Data from this year’s Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey also showed a strong increase in Portsmouth graduates going into work or further study. The University of Portsmouth was ranked first out of 17 universities in the South East, and in the top 10 per cent nationally.
Additionally, the survey showed that the average starting salary of a Portsmouth graduate has increased from £23,250 in 2016 to £23,830 in 2017.
The University was recently ranked in the top 25 of universities in the UK in the Guardian University Guide - its highest ever position. Teaching at the University is also gold-rated according to the UK government’s Teaching Excellence Framework, and The Economist ranked Portsmouth as the UK’s number one university for boosting graduate salaries.
Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, said: “We have worked hard to provide an outstanding, distinctive student experience. From career enhancing activities, to embedding innovative technology such as our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, our courses are designed to prepare students for successful futures. It's great to see that we are making a real difference to the opportunities and achievements of our graduates six months after they leave, providing the foundation for a rewarding career.”