Royal Agricultural University top for graduate employability
A new report reveals that the Royal Agricultural University is not only ranked top within the land-based sector, but is also within the top 10% of the UK’s 160 universities and colleges for graduate employability.
Recent surveys of 2013 graduates reveal that 96.3% of undergraduates and 97.5% of postgraduates are in employment or further study within six months of leaving the RAU.
The official statistics for undergraduate students are produced for the annual national survey, organised by HESA (the Higher Education statistics Agency). The survey focuses on UK graduates who studied full-time.
The statistics reveal that 96.3% of RAU students who graduated in 2013 are now either in work or full-time study. In fact only 3.16% were still seeking work.
Information from the 2013 undergraduates also revealed that the majority (75%) had also secured more senior positions – classed as ‘professional or managerial roles’.
The statistics highlight the number of career opportunities for new graduates in the land-based sector, including a diverse range of exciting career options in agriculture, food, agri-business, equine, land and environmental management.
RAU graduate Katherine Meacham said: “The degree really set UK agriculture in a global context for me, and as a result I have been propelled into an amazing opportunity. I had four job offers before graduating, all in very different agricultural fields, and my degree from the RAU was fundamental in creating these opportunities.”
Graduates of postgraduate degree courses at the University also continue to be highly employable and the most recent statistics reveal 97.5% are in employment or further study six months after graduating. In fact, just 1.4% of graduates were still seeking work.
“We are very encouraged indeed by this latest survey” reports Professor W Paul Davies.
“The Royal Agricultural University (and RAC previously) is known, nationally and internationally, for good student employability following degree studies at Cirencester - and this reputation justly continues. The applied nature of our courses; their relevance to the world of work, and the University’s continuing close links and connectivity to employers, through the efforts of our Careers Service and academic staff, remain the key.
“Student employment six months after graduating has been high for very many years at the RAU - but the figures this year are particularly pleasing. Employers clearly find RAU graduates attractive, and long may this jobs record for Cirencester continue.”
The RAU, which was granted full university status in 2013, has continued to strengthen its reputation as a world-renowned provider of specialist education and research. It continues to be at the forefront of education relating to agriculture, food, agri-business, equine, and property and land management.
The RAU was ranked top in the UK last year for facilities spend, recognising its high investment and expenditure per student on staff and student facilities, including sports, careers services, health and welfare. The campus was also rated the safest in the South West (5th safest in the UK) in 2013, and the University, which has a dedicated School of Business and Entrepreneurship, is in the top 10 universities in the UK for enterprise.
The University has seen applications and enrolments rise year on year. The RAU currently has more than 1,200 students, from many different countries, studying on one of its 30 undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses.