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Hope Leads Way on Graduate Employability

Liverpool Hope University leads the way when it comes to the employability of its graduates, according to a major new UK survey

The data comes from the Complete University Guide’s annual Higher Educational league tables, published this week. 

One of the areas analysed looked at ‘graduate prospects’ - described by the Complete University Guide as the ‘measure of the success in employability or further study of graduates completing their first degree.’

And when it comes to specific subjects, Hope’s degree offerings in Biological Sciences, Geography and Environmental Sciences, English, and History were all rated 1st in the UK for graduate employability.

Hope placed runner-up in the North West for ‘student satisfaction’ - described as ‘a measure of student views of the teaching quality at the university’ - with a score of 82 per cent. 

That puts Hope ahead of the University of Liverpool, University of Manchester, Lancaster University and Liverpool John Moores University at a regional level. 

It also places Hope 24th - out of 130 institutions - across the UK as a whole for student satisfaction, putting it ahead of the likes of the University of Sheffield, University of Leeds and Imperial College London. 

And there were a number of other areas where Hope appears to be excelling.

The University was ranked 5th in the UK when it comes to ‘facilities spend’, aka ‘the expenditure per student on staff and student facilities.’

Hope’s Communications & Media Studies offering was ranked 14th overall in the UK - an improvement of 27 places on 2019’s stats - topping the charts for its ‘research intensity’ and ranked second nationally on ‘graduate prospects’. 

While Hope’s Social Policy and Creative Writing courses were both ranked 18th in the UK. 

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dr Penny Haughan said: “Once again, the University has ranked highly when it comes to student satisfaction rates, an area where we’ve consistently performed well across many different surveys and league tables. 

“What’s also extremely encouraging are the many high rankings in terms of graduate prospects, too. 

“Amidst current national uncertainty created by the Covid-19 pandemic, the future careers of our students are paramount, and at the forefront of all minds at the University. 

“We will continue to ensure that our courses not only prepare graduates for employment, but also enables them to thrive in their chosen professions.

“And Hope remains committed to both the setting and achievement of high academic standards.”

Data used by the Complete University Guide to compile the tables comes from a number of different sources, namely the National Student Survey, Office for Students (OfS) for England, Scottish Funding Council (SFC), Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), and The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). 

The Guide also says of Hope: “Students studying at Hope enjoy living and learning on a campus that is safe, friendly and surrounded by beautiful buildings and gardens.

“Hope has recently funded major campus developments to benefit students, and has over 300 courses on offer.”

For the 10th year in a row the University of Cambridge leads overall tables, closely followed by Oxford. 

A spokesperson for the Complete University Guide said: “At a time when students are facing more uncertainty than ever, from their grades to term start dates, the newly redesigned Complete University Guide annual League Tables bring a trusted source of information that is essential to students’ impending higher education decisions.”

You can access the full league tables here.

Published on 11/06/2020