Press Release

21 July 2011

National figures show that Canterbury Christ Church University has one of the highest student employability figures in the UK, according to the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

The 2009-2010 survey indicates that 94.3% of UK full-time first degree leavers from Canterbury Christ Church are in employment and/or further study within the first six months of leaving the University.

The 94.3% employment rate means the University is rated 13th in England and 17th out of all UK institutions, with most of those ranked above Christ Church being small specialist institutions.

These figures are due to the University’s growing strengths as the largest provider of education and training to public services in Kent and Medway – particularly in Health and Education.

The University has the largest number of public service related courses in the South East, excluding London, and is one of the largest teacher training centres in the UK.

Geoff Haworth, Director of Student Support and Guidance at the University, said: “This is an excellent outcome for our students, whose investment in their education is now paying dividends for them. Christ Church is taking forward the employability agenda and providing our students with a wide range of opportunities to develop their skills and become the type of graduate that employers are looking for. The survey results reflect the focus of our academic staff and employability services, and our students’ success in securing work in difficult economic times”.

These employability figures come in the same month that Canterbury is rated the safest city for students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to the Complete University Guide.


Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.


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