The University of York has scored 88.3 per cent in employment rate statistics released yesterday by the Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA).
HESA has published employment rates by each university and subject across the country.
Out of a figure of 1350 students surveyed at York, 1190 are employed or studying. This is despite the University’s benchmark being 2.5 per cent higher, at 90.8 per cent employed.
This compares to universities such as Cambridge, which has an employability rate of 95.2 per cent, despite its benchmark only being at 91.8 per cent. Cambridge has a higher employment rate than Oxford, which scored 92.6 per cent, 1 per cent more than its benchmark.
York St John University has also scored higher than the University of York, with a 90.7 per cent employment rate.
The results are only based on the population of students who actually wanted to answer the survey, and were able to give clear enough answers. HESA has offered supplementary information on the definitions, to clarify exactly who was surveyed and what exactly the different table definitions mean.
HESA has also provided information on the employability of different subjects, showing that medical, veterinary science and dentistry students have a significant advantage with a 99.3 employability rate. Computer Science students have the lowest employment rate, at just 81.8 per cent.
One Computer Science second-year at York told Nouse that the results were “extremely disappointing” and were “not reflective of the amount of time and work a Computer Science degree requires.” He continued: “So many of my friends do arts and humanities degrees and don’t spend a third of the time I do on my degree, yet their employability rate is much higher. It’s really worrying.”
Historical and Philosophical studies have an employment rate of 89.3 per cent, whilst Creative Arts and Design courses have an employment rate of 86.8 per cent.
The statistics were released on the same day that Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, outlined new plans to introduce a graduate tax system.
Mr Cable confirmed yesterday that he had asked Lord Browne of Madingley to look in detail at a “graduate contribution” to the review of student finance, which is due in October.
Revenue from a graduate contribution would not be paid to the Treasury but to a ring-fenced fund to protect money for universities. Under the new proposal, universities in financial crisis would also be allowed to go bust or be taken over.
New figures have also presented worrying statistics to universities across Britain. Figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) show that there are 170,000 more candidates than spaces at universities this year, meaning that as many as 70,000 able applicants will miss out on places. Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS’s Chief Executive, said: “I can’t wave a magic wand… they will have to reappraise their aspirations.”