About the University

Graduate Employability

Our Reputation

The quality of our degrees, a focus on developing employability skills and our reputation with employers means that our graduates are in a strong position in the world of work.

We have one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK. 95% of our 2016 UK/EU graduates entered employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015/16).

This places us consistently in the top 20 for graduate career prospects in the UK university league tables, including the Complete University Guide and the Guardian University Guide. 

We are ranked in the Top 200 for Graduate Employability (ranked out of 2,300 world universities) in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings® 2018.

Newcastle University was awarded 5 QS Stars for Student Employability (2018) with a 94% satisfaction rate for Careers Service (International Student Barometer Autumn 2017). 

Degrees relevant to the workplace

We work with employers to ensure that our degrees reflect the skills needed in the world of work:

  • most of our academic schools have advisory boards with graduate employers as members
  • many of our degrees are accredited by professional organisations
  • employers regularly visit campus to deliver lectures and practical sessions
  • students are taught and assessed in ways that encourage the development of transferable skills, such as teamwork and project-based work

Strong employer links

Newcastle graduates are in demand - we are one of the top 20 'most targeted' universities by the UK's leading employers for the last five years (The Graduate Market, report from High Fliers Research 2012-2017 – a report into the universities most targeted for graduate employees by The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers).

We also have excellent connections with local employers, who provide work experience and graduate opportunities.

Over 3,000 employers advertise vacancies, work experience and placement opportunities with our Careers Service annually. More than 300 employers come to visit our campus each year to deliver presentations, hold interviews and attend recruitment fairs - ultimately to recruit our students.

Careers Support

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the best, largest and most innovative in the UK.

We offer our students:

  • one-to-one sessions with a professional careers adviser
  • drop-in CV checks
  • unique online resources
  • a huge range of skills development workshops

Our support helps students to develop strategies to be successful in a challenging job market. Staff in the Careers Service also provide information and workshops tailored to specific degrees.

Our Graduate Connections network gives current students access to knowledge and experience from past graduates.

As a graduate of Newcastle you will benefit from careers support for up to three years after graduation. As well as business start-up support on an on-going basis.

Supporting entrepreneurship

Many of our students want to pursue their own business ideas. We provide a range of services to support these budding entrepreneurs. This includes a dedicated team of business advisers, entrepreneurs and professional partners, as well as a programme of workshops.

Students and recent graduates have access to dedicated workspace facilities, including:

  • hot desks with PCs
  • telephones
  • printing and scanning facilities

There are 179 START UP supported businesses currently trading with a combined annual turnover of £26.8m. A total of 449 full-time equivalent jobs and over £9 million of external investment raised between them.

Enterprise Educators UK

We are members of Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK), a peer network of over 100 institutions dedicated to promoting the importance of enterprise and entrepreneurship education.

View our EEUK profile.

Enterprise Educators UK

Education for Life

We collaborate with employers to identify the skills needed in life beyond university and encourage students to think about their future early in their studies.

The employability skills we identify are outlined in our Graduate Skills Framework. They include:

  • business awareness
  • self awareness
  • communication

Our award-winning ncl+ initiative brings together activities from across the University. It provides opportunities that enable students to develop the skills in demand by graduate employers.

Opportunities include Newcastle Work Experience placements in local businesses or involvement with a range of University events. Around 75 new work experience and part-time jobs are advertised each week on our Careers Service vacancies database.

The majority of our degrees offer study abroad opportunities. We have almost 200 exchange partners worldwide. The skills gained through these experiences, such as language skills and cultural awareness, are increasingly valued by employers.

The range of ways in which we develop the employability of our students has been commended by the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). In 2017, we were recognised with ‘The best university employability strategy’ prize at the Target Jobs Awards. 

Newcastle University Careers Service is also the winner of the 'Student Experience Award' (Educate North Awards 2018).