20 May 2004
Aston University leaps 11 places up league table
ASTON STUDENTS are among the most employable in the UK, according to one of the most influential league tables published this week.
The Times newspaper's table of the best 99 universities ranks Aston as 4th in the UK with a score of 84.8%. Only Cambridge, Imperial College London and Robert Gordon finish above Aston for the employability of its graduates while Oxford is forced into 5th place by the Birmingham-based institution.
The next best of the Midlands' universities is Warwick with 80.3 per cent and UCE with 78 per cent. Birmingham's 'quality graduate destinations' score is 75.1 per cent and Wolverhampton's is 75 per cent.
The Times' ranking takes nine measures into consideration to compile its university league table: teaching; research; entry standards; student-staff ratio; library/ computing spending; facilities spending; degree classifications; quality graduate destinations; and efficiency.
As with football's premier league, the competition gets ever-stiffer the nearer to the top one looks. This fact alone makes Aston's 11 place leap from 33rd last year to 22nd in this year's overall ranking all the more remarkable.
And, at a time when more people are entering university than ever before, Aston also bucks the downward UK trend for attrition rates with 94 per cent of its students completing their courses, a figure in the top 10 of UK universities.
Stewart Comfort, head of Aston University's careers service said:
'This week's Times' ranking confirms that Aston University graduates should be immensely proud of themselves. The proportion of them achieving quality, "graduate track" employment or further training outstrips the vast majority of other UK universities and all of our Midlands neighbours.
'This is due to the high quality of our courses and the fact that so many of our students take sandwich placements integrated into their degrees,' he continued, 'giving them a fantastic head-start in their careers.'
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