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New analysis confirms Birkbeck graduate earnings among the highest in the country

Birkbeck placed third among all non-Russell Group universities and first among multi-faculty institutions for the likelihood of its graduates earning over £30,000 a year.

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New analysis of data collected in 2019 by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), one of the official bodies tasked with gathering information about university performance in the UK, shows that 50% of Birkbeck graduates earn over £30,000pa six months after graduating.

This is considerably higher than the 37% average for Russell Group universities and it places Birkbeck third among all non-Russell Group higher education institutions in the country. Only students graduating from the Royal Veterinary College and St George’s Medical School are more likely than Birkbeck students to earn over £30,000 a year.

The analysis, which was undertaken by online student news site, The Tab, shows a significant improvement in Birkbeck’s position on the previous year’s data (2018), when 38% of its students earned over £30,000 shortly after graduating, although even then it was placed fifth among non-Russell Group universities and above the Russell Group average.

Professor David Latchman, Vice-Chancellor of Birkbeck said: “Our courses are designed to allow students to work whilst they study with us, and most do, which gives them a head-start on the career ladder when they graduate. We also have an excellent careers service which is very effective at helping students gain employment in prestigious roles that they want to do.

“These figures are based on students who studied with us prior to the pandemic. Since then, we have introduced a new teaching model, which is now even more geared towards supporting students to work or maintain other commitments outside of their studies, as well as preparing graduates for work, so I would expect us to maintain or even improve on this position in the future. We now provide in-person classes in the evenings on our central London campus supported by interactive online learning opportunities which mean that students can work during the day, whilst attending classes in the early evening, and doing some of their studies online, at times that are convenient to them.”

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