The latest figures from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show that the number of students leaving Newcastle and finding work has risen in the past twelve months.
At the same time as the country faces economic hardship and cuts, the overall percentage of Newcastle University graduates from last summer, 2010, going on to employment and further study, has risen to over 94 per cent, up nearly three per cent on the previous year.
And the jobs these alumni are securing are overwhelmingly graduate level, at 77.7 per cent, showing the benefit of a Newcastle University degree.
The figures come against the backdrop of tough economic conditions and a competitive jobs market. The rate of employment across the country fell during the same period covered by the new figures.
Director of the Careers Service, Nick Keeley (pictured), commented: "There is a false perception that there are very few graduate jobs available and even less in the North East. Almost 50 per cent of our graduates who go into employment do so in the North East and the vast majority of these are in graduate level jobs.
"As a Careers Service and as a University, we have created a range of innovative and exciting schemes and programmes, like the placements which many of our graduates undertake, to bring our students and local graduate employers together. The result is that lots of our graduates don’t have to move away from the region to get a top graduate job, which is good for them and good for the region."
published on: 20th June 2011