Prospects look good for St Andrews graduates

Prospects look good for graduates from the University of St Andrews (Photo by Peter Adamson)
Prospects look good for graduates from the University of St Andrews (Photo by Peter Adamson)

This week’s graduates at the University of St Andrews look set to enjoy bright futures, according to new figures out today.

Leaver destination numbers from 2013/14 have been published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency and show a degree from a Scottish university continues to provide graduates with excellent prospects.

Of those leaving Scottish institutions last year, 90 per cent went into employment, further study or both.

And 73 per cent of full-time first degree leavers entering UK employment were employed in professional occupations, up from 69 per cent the previous year, and her than England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The median salary for first degree leavers in full-time UK employment was £22,000, up £1000 over the year, and again better than in other UK countries.

Five per cent of leavers were unemployed, down from six per cent the previous year, the lowest figure for all UK countries, jointly with Wales.

Angela Constance, cabinet secretary for education and lifelong learning, said: “These figures again demonstrate that prospects for graduates from Scotland’s world class universities continue to be excellent.

“An increase in full-time first degree graduates going into professional occupations, the majority of which are in Scotland, is particularly welcome and shows that our continued economic development is allowing trained staff to take up posts in areas they want to specialise in.

“Scottish universities are already viewed as world leading, with four of our institutions in the world’s top 200, more than any other country per head of population apart from Switzerland.

“This news can only enhance our position on the world stage.”