Posted on 16 July 2010
Swansea Met's Townhill Campus (c) Swansea Metropolitan University
Figures just released have shown that almost all of Swansea Metropolitan University students who have all studied for University of Wales degrees find work or are accepted onto further training courses within six months of graduating.
Official figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) indicate that Swansea Met has significantly exceeded its target, set by Government, for the progression of its graduates in the year 2008/09. 93.2% of full-time students who obtained an undergraduate degree were in employment or training within six months of graduating, against a target of 88.4%. In addition, 100% of part-time students who attained an undergraduate degree were in work or training within six months, against a benchmark of 94.7%.
The figures for students who graduated with alternative qualifications, such as HNDs and foundation degrees, highlighted that 96.8% of full-time students were in employment or training within six months, against a target of 94.6%. This figure rose to 99% for part-time students on similar programmes, topping the benchmark of 98.2%.
Swansea Met Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Warner said: “These performance indicators confirm Swansea Met’s continued commitment to meeting the Welsh Assembly Government’s twin priorities of social justice and supporting a buoyant economy.
“The figures demonstrate how our vocational programmes have translated into employable graduates who are well equipped to support the Welsh economy. Each course offers a real-world experience, guided by lecturers who have worked within their related industries. I’ve no doubt that this has had a significant impact on the success of our graduates. In fact, such is the quality of teaching, major employers in south-west Wales and beyond send their employees to Swansea Met to develop their skills across the University’s range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes.”
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