Higher Education - Graduate Destinations

Data on graduates in employment, further study and more

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) provides data about Higher Education destinations. In its latest release (2020), it provided information on full-time UK domiciled undergraduates who qualitied in 2017/18 academic year. For the four universities based in the North East LEP area:

  • All universities had over 50% of known respondent graduates in full time employment

  • University of Northumbria and Newcastle University had the highest number of graduates in full time employment (63% and 60% respectively)

  • In terms of graduates going onto further study, Durham University had the highest percentage of graduates (26%), with both Sunderland and Newcastle University nearly having a fifth of respondents going onto further study.


The HESA study of 2017/18 leavers in 2020 indicated that, looking at all graduates from North East universities: 

  • The proportion of the North East’s graduates in full time work was 58%, which closely mirrors the English rate (59%).

  • The proportion of graduates in further study (including combined with work) was in the North East was higher than the English figure (19% to 18%) respectively.

  • The proportion of graduates unemployed was highest in Sunderland (5%) compared to 4% at a North East LEP level and England comparison.

Higher Education Graduate Destinations - North East Universities

Last updated:
17/02/2021
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North East LEP

Higher Education Graduate Destinations - England and North East LEP

Last updated:
17/02/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Higher Education Graduate Destinations - Core City LEPs

Last updated:
17/02/2021
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North East LEP