Brighton ranked high for top earning students
Published 21 October 2011
The University of Brighton is among the best in Britain for helping students gain well-paid jobs.
That's the finding of a study by international consultants The Parthenon Group which ranked Brighton 22nd in its league table of the 30 highest-value universities.
The Times Higher Education, commenting on the study, said the results "suggests that subject mix and location have more influence on starting salaries than prestige for institutions outside the elite's upper echelons."
The Parthenon Group, which advises clients including for-profit providers, looked at salaries earned by students six months after they graduated, data provided by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
Its findings suggest some post-1992 institutions like Brighton do just as well as or better than many Russell Group institutions on employment outcomes.
Institutions were ranked on graduate salary across a range of courses and their average rank calculated to provide a snapshot of the best performers at different levels of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service tariff. An overall league table was then compiled to show the universities consistently towards the top of the average salary rankings.
Matt Robb, senior principal at Parthenon, pointed out that the analysis did not account for the number of graduates not in work after six months but he said it showed that universities feeding into the London labour market – and focusing on subjects with strong employability outcomes - had a distinct advantage.
He said many universities were benefiting from offering business-related courses or subjects such as IT and science-related disciplines whose graduates were in demand from employers,
Professor Julian Crampton, University of Brighton Vice Chancellor, said: "Our position in the Parthenon league table reflects the fact that our courses are very career-focused and many are accredited by professional and statutory bodies.
"Our careers service is in regular contact with over 1,800 businesses and organisations which post vacancies and attend our events and careers fairs. Careers workshops and mentoring, volunteering and entrepreneurship schemes build confidence and experience, and so our students graduate with a qualification and practical experience."
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