Buxton is beating Oxbridge when it comes to university students finding jobs and going on to further studies, according to figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
Graduates from the University of Derby, including the Buxton campus, outperformed their Oxford and Cambridge counterparts when it came to securing jobs or places on postgraduate courses last year, the statistics reveal.
And the university’s success comes at a time when experts are predicting a growth in the new graduate job market – plus significant increases in pay after three years of static salaries.
With 96.1 per cent of Derby graduates either working or studying on further courses six months after finishing their degree, the university was only a few points behind top-of-the-list Robert Gordon University in Scotland on 97.7 per cent.
This compares with 94.9 per cent of last year’s Cambridge graduates and 92 per cent of those who were at Oxford.
Derby’s 96.1 per cent employed/in study figure - up from 85.8 per cent in the previous survey - was the second most improved among universities included and higher than the UK universities’ average of 90.8 per cent.
The university’s percentage was also higher than its ‘benchmark group’ of universities deemed similar to it, such as Nottingham Trent, De Montfort and Sheffield Hallam.
Dr Peter Dewhurst, Strategic Director, said: “Through our academic programmes, students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed by employers so our ‘work ready’ graduates are in great demand.”