Bright Prospects for Graduates
10 August 2017
A continued high level of positive destinations for
New figures showing Scottish university graduates have brighter
prospects than their UK counterparts have been welcomed by Higher
Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville.
According to the Higher Educations Statistics Agency (HESA),
more than 94% of students who left a Scottish university with a
first degree in 2012-13 are in work or further study. This is
higher than the UK average. The analysis also shows that three and
a half years after graduating, former students of Scottish
universities are earning £27,500 - which is also the highest in the
It comes just days after a record number of students from
Scotland's most deprived areas secured a place at university,
according to admissions service UCAS.
The Minister said:
"I very much welcome these figures, which show the value of a
Scottish education and our world-class universities. More of our
graduates, three and a half years after graduating, are in positive
destinations and earning a higher median salary than graduates in
the UK as a whole.
"I want everyone with the talent and ability to have the chance
to go to university and get the same opportunity in life, no matter
their background. Our efforts to widen access to university are
undoubtedly going in the right direction and I look forward to
seeing further progress."
Source - The Scottish Government website