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21 Jan 2016

Loughborough University design graduates voted most employable in the UK

Loughborough University Design School creates the most employable graduates in the UK, a new industry survey has found.

Led by the British Industrial Design Association (BIDA), the survey invited over 1,000 design practitioners to say which design schools they felt created the most employable industrial or product design graduates.

Respondents selected up to five design schools, from a list of the current 70 institutions in the UK.

Loughborough was named joint first, after being chosen by 55% of respondents.

One respondent to the survey commented:“It appears to us that a few leading design schools are really well connected, delivering excellent coursework and placement programs. The academics at these institutions are experts in developing the skills and know how that helps people succeed in design. Other Universities purport to offer design courses, but in reality most of their graduates leave with a more generalist education. That just isn’t what design employers need. Good candidates and potential employers need to know the difference.”

Professor George Havenith, Dean of the Loughborough Design School said: “At Loughborough we pride ourselves on the high calibre of graduates we produce.  We work hard at the Design School to ensure all our students leave Loughborough with all the skills, knowledge and experience they need to succeed in their chosen careers. This survey is testament to that.”

The BIDA survey’s top five were:

1 (Joint) - Loughborough University and Brunel, each chosen by 55% of respondents.
2 - Northumbria University 46%
3 (Joint) - Central St Martins and De Montfort University 24%
4 - Coventry University 16%
5 (Joint) - Nottingham Trent and Bournemouth University 12%

Of the survey results the BIDA said ‘The difference between the top five institutions and the other 62 was stark. Half were not chosen at all, and a further quarter of institutions were selected only once or twice’.

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It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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