Graduate Outcomes Survey

Students are at the heart of our University. And central to our ethos is working together, learning from each other and helping everyone achieve their potential.

We’re extremely proud of our graduates, their successes, and the positive change they bring to their world.

We know that university is an important investment, and that our students want to succeed in their future careers. We do everything we can to support this ambition, with tailored careers and employability support that starts from day one – and continues after graduation.

Top 25% in the country for graduate employment

In 2021 the Graduate Outcomes Survey asked undergraduate students about the support they received at university, and gave an insight into their achievements since graduation. The figures were compiled by HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Agency, in July 2021.


In the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021 we were:

  • top 25% in the country and number one in the East of England for full-time graduate employment
  • one of the top 5 universities in the country for the number of UK part-time undergraduates in employment and/or further study 15 months after graduating
  • top 10 in the country for graduates that agreed they were using what they learnt in their studies
  • one of the top 10 universities for international graduates in employment in the UK
  • the largest provider of graduates for the health and social care sector in the UK*

Celebrating success

We're proud of our students and all that they go onto achieve after leaving ARU. Here are just a few examples of what our graduates did next.

Critical care nurse Victor finds his vocation Illustrator Elena wins the Queen's Knickers Trailblazer Alex is first to graduate from course

Support from day one

Employability is at the heart of everything we do, from industry-relevant courses, to work experience, tailored career advice and student start-up support.

Career and employability services at ARU Placements: why just learn it, when you can do it? Amplify your employability

*Source: HESA (Higher Education Statistic Agency) Open Data release, published July 2021. Data pertaining to UK undergraduates relates to UK-domiciled undergraduates who attended a mainstream higher education institution in England. Data pertaining to international students relates to international undergraduates. Data pertaining to health and social care graduates relates to undergraduates in paid UK employment. In all cases a mainstream institution is defined as any non-specialist institution with more than 500 students. East of England is defined as Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Contains HESA Data © HESA 2021 ( The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data.