Aston University has been ranked 5th in the 2012 Sunday Times University Guide for students achieving graduate level jobs.
Aston University and Matthew Boulton College | Solarized Image by: Elliot Brown
With 87.7% of Aston's students gaining graduate level jobs, the Midlands university tops Britain's elite: Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol and Durham. The guide is also impressed with Aston’s tag-line, “Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research”, who describe it as one of the "more memorable" university slogans.
The news has arrived in the same week that QS Guide to Global Universities, ranked Aston 51st in the world for graduate employability. Vice Chancellor, Professor Julia King said “this is a fantastic endorsement for the work we do at Aston to develop employable graduates who are equipped to become the leaders of tomorrow. The integrated Aston placement year, where our students work within a business or professional environment, our commitment to global citizenship, and our strong support for entrepreneurship and language study are part of a package that is second to none when it comes to preparing graduates for the world of work.”
With university fees going through the roof students will be increasingly looking to universities to justify higher fees. One way in which universities can provide good value for money is by ensuring that they equip their student customers with the skills they need to secure worthwhile employment. While we recognise the need for universities, like Aston, to prepare students for the world of work, there is a danger that putting the emphasis on employability the supply of education will be driven by the demands of big business.
Four ways how universities increase thier employability rankings.
1. Encourage placements: More than half of Aston’s Students take up placements.
2. Maintain links with business: Aston recognises the changing needs of the market.
3. Adopt an International focus: Aston provides free foreign language tuition for first years.
4. Insist on good “A” levels: 40% of Aston’s entrants to have three A levels at AAB or better.
Sunday Times Guide was published on 11th September 2011.