Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Private Players' Alumni: Where Are They Now?: News

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Private Players' Alumni: Where Are They Now?: News

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Almost two-thirds of UK private providers do not know how many of their alumni are landing graduate-level jobs, a study shows.

With the vast majority of students choosing private providers for their perceived career-enhancing benefits, the lack of institutional knowledge about their graduates' fortunes is "striking", says the report commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Written by the independent research company CFE, the research paper, titled Privately Funded Providers of Higher Education in the UK, identifies 674 private providers and interviews representatives from 126 of those institutions.

Of those, 76 are unable to provide information about the destinations of their graduates six months after leaving higher education - a statutory requirement for all publicly funded universities.

Of those that have data, several record low numbers of alumni in graduate- level jobs.

Nearly a third of providers say that under half of their students in 2010- 11 entered such jobs within six months of leaving, with 75 per cent of them saying that less than half their cohort continued their studies.

The lowest figure at any publicly funded university for the proportion of students entering employment or undergoing further study six months after completion was 78. …

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