HESA publishes student first destinations data
The third annual reference volume, First Destinations of Students Leaving Higher Education Institutions 1996/97, is published today by HESA.
According to HESA's latest publication, 62% of student qualifiers whose destination was known, entered employment in 1997, compared with 61% in 1996. A further 19% were continuing their education or training, while only 6% (14,800) were assumed to be unemployed; 6% among males compared with 5% of females.
Of all first degree graduates (113,900) who entered employment in the UK, 16% were classified as "Managers & Administrators", 30% as entering "Professional Occupations". 6% of first degree graduates were assumed unemployed, while 19% entered further study.
Other key points about UK domiciled qualifiers:
- First Degree qualifiers in Creative arts and design (11%) and librarianship and information science (10%) were most likely to be unemployed compared with medicine and dentistry (less than 0.5%) and veterinary science (2%).
- 43,823 qualifiers entered further study or training.
- Among Postgraduate qualifiers, 82% were reported as being employed in the UK, with only 4% reported unemployed.
- 4% of those entering employment are working overseas, 39% of those in the EU.
- 20% of first degree graduates entering work, did so in property development, renting, business & research activities.
- 75% of postgraduate qualifiers entered employment in "Professional Occupations".
- 74% of those entering full-time employment had permanent contracts or contracts ending after 30 September 1998.
- 54% of female first degree qualifiers who continued studying went onto study for postgraduate diplomas, including PGCEs, compared with 37% of men.
- Male first degree qualifiers are almost twice as likely than female (18% compared with 10%) to study for a higher degree by research.
Notes for editors
- The Reference Volume First Destinations of Students Leaving Higher Education Institutions 1996/97 provides a statistical reference of the first destinations of students leaving Higher Education in the UK for 1996/97.
- The HESA FDS Target Population 1996/97 includes all students obtaining relevant qualifications during the period 1 August 1996 and 31 July 1997, whose study was primarily full-time, (which includes full-time and sandwich student modes plus those writing up theses).
- There were 264, 251 respondents to HESA's First Destinations Return 1996/97, out of a potential 317,597, a response rate of 83.2%. Whilst this response rate is high it should be noted that the 16.8% who were non-repondents are likely to be self-selected, which introduces an element of bias.
- The Reference Volume is available, price £30, from the Customer Services Team, HESA Services Ltd., 18 Royal Crescent, Cheltenham, GL50 1HZ; telephone: 01242 255577. An electronic version on disk is available, price £35 + VAT. A list of other publications is also available from the Customer Services Team.
- HESA cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived from the data by third parties.
- Press Enquiries should be directed to Press Officer at HESA, 95 Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1HZ; telephone: 01242 255577. Other enquiries about HESA data should be addressed to the Data Provision Team at the same address.