University jobs figures reveal racial bia.

University jobs figures reveal racial bia.

But for black African graduates the figure was 87%, for black Caribbean graduates 90.7%, and for Bangladeshi and Pakistani graduates 88.4% and 89% respectively. Employment or study rates among whites were higher than average, 94.6%. Women were more likely to be employed than men (95.3% compared with 92.6%).
Lady Blackstone, the higher education minister, said: “Graduates from ethnic minorities have significantly lower employment rates than white graduates. This is an unacceptable situation in respect of equality and because it is a waste of the nation’s talent.”

She urged universities to offer more careers advice to individual students.

Chris Myant, spokesman for the commission for racial equality, said: “The old argument that black and Asian people don’t get jobs because they don’t have skills is masking a degree of discrimination in the area of skilled work which is particularly pernicious.”

Some new universities out perform traditional colleagues. Luton, which is having to make academic staff redundant this year, boasts a 100% employment rate. Natfhe, the lecturers’ union, said the figures were a vindication of the former polytechnics. Some 68.4% of 2000 graduates were in paid work.

University jobs figures reveal racial bia.

“New university lecturers receive only two-thirds of the teaching income of their old university counterparts but still manage to turn out highly employable, capable graduates,” said its general secretary, Paul Mackney. Oxford University has a 95% employment and study rate and Cambridge 98%.

HEFCE has produced “benchmark” figures for comparison – the proportion of graduates it would have expected each institution to have in work or further study, based on entry, social background, degree classification and other factors. Brunel, Hull, Kent, Loughborough, Luton, Nottingham Trent, Aberdeen, and Napier in Edinburgh do better than their benchmark.

But Cumbria College of Art and Design, Falmouth College of Arts, and the universities of East London, Harper Adams in Shropshire, Leeds Metropolitan, Liverpool John Moores, London Guildhall, Salford, South Bank, Sussex, Paisley, Swansea and Aberystwyth do worse.

Of the 207,234 British-based graduates last year, 81% took part in the study, although response rates did vary widely. Critically, the study did not show the type or income of jobs the graduates went into.

A spokesman for the University of Warwick said: “Warwick worked hard to produce a 93% response rate for this exercise – the third highest response rate across all the institutions measured. We need not have bothered to work so hard – if there had have been a national lottery style lucky dip box to tick instead we could all have done that and achieved an equally meaningful result which wasted a lot less of everyone’s time.”

There is also some variation between subject areas. Some 99.5% of medicine, dentistry and veterinary science graduates are employed or in further study; so too are 94.2% of maths graduates. Music and drama graduates are above the national average at 94.3%.

But computer science (91.8%) and engineering and technology (92.8%) graduates are all surprisingly below the average.

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