Cardiff Met Students Outperform Oxbridge in Job-Hunting League; - BUT EXPERTS WARN FIGURES DON'T PAINT FULL PICTURE

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Byline: GARETH EVANS Education Correspondent gareth.evans@walesonline.co.uk

STUDENTS graduating from Cardiff Metropolitan University outperformed Oxford and Cambridge graduates when it came to securing jobs or places on postgraduate courses last year, statistics show.

Data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa) suggests a graduate's chances of securing a job depend heavily on where they choose to study.

The surprising statistics show that students at some lower-ranking institutions are often more successful at securing jobs than those studying at the UK's top universities.

In total, 95% of Cardiff Met, 96.2% of Glasgow Caledonian graduates and 96.1% of Derby graduates were working or studying further six months after finishing their degree.

This compares with 94.9% of last year's Cambridge graduates and 92% of those who were at Oxford, according to data.

Cardiff Met doesn't rank on the Guardian league table of universities for 2014, while Glasgow Caledonian comes in at 96 and Derby at 79. Cambridge is ranked at one and Oxford two in the UK league.

Elsewhere in Wales, Cardiff University saw 93.7% of graduates going into employment and further study and Swansea University 93%.

However, some institutions have warned that the figures do not paint a full picture as they include those graduates working in part-time and non-graduate-level jobs. A breakdown showing the proportion of leavers working in graduate-level positions by institution is not yet available.

While more than a fifth of students at some institutions were not in work or studying six months after graduating last summer, almost all students at some other universities - particularly small specialist colleges - found employment or were continuing their education.

Steven Stokes, Senior Communications Officer at Swansea Metropolitan - which came bottom among Welsh universities - said employability and entrepreneurship are at the heart of our undergraduate and postgraduate provision. …