Leadership Bulletin – May 2018

The Shaping Futures update from the May 2018 Leadership Bulletin

Professor Christina Hughes

Breaking news – our colleagues in Careers and Employability pulled out all the stops over the past year to support our 2017/18 graduates into employment.  And their huge success can be seen in our latest results in the DLHE survey (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education), which asks graduates about their employment six months after graduation. On our highly skilled employment or further study metric we have improved our position by 3%, which is brilliant and is real testimony to all the hard work colleagues across the University have put into supporting our students through their studies.  The results are important for us, as both a marker of our success in preparing students for their future in work and because of the bearing they have on our reputation and standing in the sector. The results are an important component of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and can have a substantial influence on our placing in league tables.  The outcomes are

Indicator 2016/17 (%) 2015/16 (%)
Employment or further study 94.0 93.5
Highly skilled employment or further study 73.5 70.6

If you’d like to delve further, you can find the full results at Faculty, Department and Course level on The Source.

Building on the work of last year we have now launched Gradvantage, part of our Class of 2018 Graduate Support Programme. Gradvantage delivers employability support to students via Departmental Employability Advisers. Advisors are currently contacting over 1,000 targeted students, offering them 1-1 coaching appointments and raising awareness of our full offer, including RISE, internships and the Employability Service.

If you would like to find out more about ambitions and plans for employability you can visit our new site, where you will find resources relating to our Employability Plan and Employability Promise. The intention is that the site is a dynamic resource, which will evolve over time and I really welcome your feedback and suggestions for content.

Finally, I must mention that the DLHE results are under strict embargo by HESA until 28 June 2018, so, for now, are for internal use only.

There is also, now, a lot happening with Hallam Guild, so next time – lots of things to say about this!

As ever, do get in touch with any questions, suggestions, thoughts and so forth.  It is always good to hear from you.

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