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30 June 2020

Christ Church in top ten for graduates in work

New data on graduate outcomes shows that Canterbury Christ Church University is in the UK top ten for graduates in work after finishing their degree.

The figures are taken from the new Graduate Outcomes survey, the UK’s largest annual social survey, which puts Christ Church in the top 10 large multi-subject universities with 3,000 or more graduates(1).

Professor Mike Weed, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) said: “We are delighted to see that our graduates are in the UK top 10 for students going into employment after leaving Canterbury Christ Church University. 

“By working in partnership with industry we can ensure that our courses are relevant and support growth and prosperity regionally, nationally and internationally. We have developed Future 360(2), our framework for developing enterprising professional graduates, through which we provide our students with the best opportunities to develop their skills and gain experience to meet their career goals.

"It is particularly pleasing to see that almost two-thirds of our graduates are in highly-skilled graduate level employment – 3% higher than the national average.

"This shows the value of a Canterbury Christ Church degree, and we are incredibly proud of all our graduates who are making a positive difference to our local, national and global communities."

Professor Mike Weed, Pro Vice-Chancellor

The survey captures the perspectives and current status of recent graduates. Unlike its predecessor, the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, it takes place 15 months after graduation rather than six months.

Graduate Outcomes counts all of the University’s recent undergraduates and postgraduates. As well as those in work it covers those taking a year out, caring for families, or otherwise not available for work, as well as those going on to further study.

The University continues to be key to the regional economy, with previous data showing that 14,000 Christ Church graduates entered the Kent and Medway workforce in the last five years. The new Graduate Outcomes survey shows that:

  • Christ Church graduates are particularly successful at gaining employment, with 86% employed 15 months after graduation, 5% higher than average employment levels for recent graduates.
  • Almost two-thirds of Christ Church graduates (65%) are in highly skilled graduate-level employment 15 months after graduating – 3% higher than the national average.
  • Among those looking for work, the survey shows that the unemployment rate of Christ Church graduates at 3%, is one of the lowest in the country.

Notes to Editors:

  1. Canterbury Christ Church University ranks 9th out of the 102 large multi-subject universities with more than 3,000 graduates, based on figures from the HESA Graduate Outcomes survey.
  2. Future 360 is the University’s Framework for Developing Enterprising Professional Graduates. Developed by our Careers and Enterprise Hub, it embeds employability and enterprise education in our curriculum and maximises opportunities for students to experience meaningful engagement with employers throughout their course.


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