Leeds Trinity University is the highest performing university in Yorkshire and Humberside for employability, with 96.8% of students employed, or in further study, within six months of graduation.
The figures come from the 2016 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey announced today (Thursday 6 July). It places Leeds Trinity University above all other universities in the region and 17th nationally.
The results are 2.5% above the national average and 0.6% above its nearest competitor, Leeds Beckett University.
Professor Margaret A House, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said:
"We have a whole-University approach to embedding employability within the curriculum at Leeds Trinity, and as the only University in the country to offer and embed compulsory professional work placements into every single undergraduate degree; I am exceptionally proud of our strong performance in employability.
"When we celebrated our 50th Anniversary earlier this year at Leeds Civic Hall, I commented that our ambition is to become the University in Leeds for outstanding graduate employability. I'm confident that through our extensive partnerships with businesses, ongoing development of courses to include industry-relevant modules, and our thriving Leeds Trinity Business Network; even more of our graduates will see the benefit of studying at Leeds Trinity University."
The success of Leeds Trinity University's professional placement programme is evidenced by graduates like Sinead Burke who secured a job as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor after graduation, and Aaron Horne who now works at Burnley FC following a placement with them during his second year.
23-year old Sinead, who studied Sport and Exercise Sciences at Leeds Trinity University from 2013 to 2016 and lives in Otley, said:
"My second year placement was at PH Plasterers Ltd.; a company that provides plastering, rendering, screening and partitioning services to building contractors across Yorkshire. I started with basic admin work and gradually learnt how to 'take-off' from construction drawings, produce quotations for developments, and measure works on-site. It was something I never saw myself doing, but turned out I was pretty good at it – and I'm still doing it now!
"The placements at Leeds Trinity really helped me to develop 'real-world' skills such as communicating effectively, working in a professional environment, and working as a member of an inter-disciplinary team. It helped my confidence massively, and I was a lot more comfortable with the transition from education to employment."
Supporting aspiring entrepreneurs is also a big focus for the University, with advice, office space and workshops offered through the Enterprise Centre on campus. 2016 Business graduate Gareth Craven launched his online art commissioning business, Hire an Artist, whilst studying at Leeds Trinity. He's since received a £50,000 investment from former-Apprentice contestant Raj Dhonata, made it to the final of Britain's biggest small-business competition The Pitch, and received the 'Duke of York Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award' from Prince Andrew in May.
In the last 12 months, Leeds Trinity University has been recognised nationally for its commitment to employability, being shortlisted as a finalist in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards 2017 and a finalist in the Green Gown Awards 2017 for Employability.
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