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UK: HESA launches survey on graduate destinations

HESA, the UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency has just published the results of a survey on 2004/05 graduates’ destinations. The study revealed that 75.6 per cent of the respondents (258 420 in total) had found employment, whilst 23.6 per cent pursued further study.

The study also revealed that:

  • 80 per cent of UK domiciled graduates found work in the fields of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and education;
  • The highest proportion of those studying were in law, followed by mathematical sciences, physical science, history and philosophy;
  • Computer science had the highest unemployment rate.

HESA is launching this month a project which, building on the destinations of leavers from higher education survey, aims to track the careers of 65 000 graduates over three years after their graduation. HESA stated that this will be the first time that systematic longitudinal tracking of UK graduates on such a large scale will be attempted.

HESA website