Published: 02 July 2015

Surrey in top two for graduate employability

96.9 per cent of graduates in work or further study, according to official figures.

New figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) reveal that the University of Surrey is ranked in second place for graduate employability among chartered universities in England, with 96.9 per cent of students in work or further study when contacted six months after they graduated in 2014.

Our consistently high placing in the HESA figures is a result of our relentless focus on graduate employability and the success of our Professional Training placements, which we pioneered 60 years ago and in which we continue to be a world leader today.

Surrey is highly unusual in offering Professional Training placement opportunities to almost all of its undergraduates, regardless of their degree subject. Over the past five years, more than 2,300 partner organisations have worked with us to give our students valuable work placements in the UK and abroad.

"Surrey set me up for a fantastic career," says Civil Engineering graduate Mike Frazer. "As part of my course I took a Professional Training year at a major engineering firm and was given site supervision roles on a new 1.4km stretch of road, which involved major environmental, physical and political issues.

"My career highlight so far has been being shortlisted as a finalist for the New Civil Engineer (NCE) Graduate of the Year Award – this achievement gives me more momentum to continue pushing myself forward in the future."

Discover how Mike's time at Surrey prepared him for success after graduation and read more about the student experience at Surrey.

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