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Results from the latest Graduate Outcomes Report show that graduates from Scottish universities continue to move into positive destinations. The report published by HESA today, 31 May, shows that 90% of graduates from Scotland’s 19 universities are in positive destinations 15 months after graduation.

Today’s results report on students who graduated in 2021, the second academic year impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They were surveyed 15 months after graduation, with the majority interviewed in Autumn 2022, after restrictions were lifted.

Of those surveyed, 72% were in full-time or part-time employment, an increase of four percentage points from the previous year. Seven per cent were in full-time further study while a further 10% were in a combination of employment and further study.

Of the Scottish-domiciled graduates qualifying in 2020-21 from a Scottish provider and entering work, 77% of graduates in both science subjects and non-science subjects entered ‘high skilled’ roles (as per Standard Occupation Classification), an increase of one percentage point on the 2019-20 figure. Overall, 86% of graduates from Scottish universities in 2020-21 felt their current activity was meaningful, while 78% felt it was in line with their future plans.

Commenting on the results, Martin Boyle, Director of Policy, Insight and Analytics said:

“The results of the latest Graduate Outcomes survey are extremely encouraging. They show that graduates who left university in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic continued to do very well despite the challenges they had faced during the final years of their studies. Scottish universities worked hard to support their students during these unprecedented circumstances and it’s fantastic to see graduates doing so well and reflecting so positively on their current activity.”

Full details of the report can be found on the HESA website.