The results of this year’s National Student Survey, published today, show that the employment prospects for chemistry graduates are mixed. While around 80 per cent of chemistry graduates from ’top’ universities like Durham, Imperial and Oxford quickly find good jobs, the results are worse elsewhere. The figures appear to be worrying for the University of Edinburgh and University College London, from which only just over half of graduates were in appropriate level jobs six months after completing their courses.

Chemistry is generally considered a degree subject with good employment prospects, a reputation which departments will be anxious to maintain during the current financial crisis.

The results also show that nine out of 10 students in higher education are satisfied with their experience. The minority that aren’t often say a lack of feedback about progress is the sticking point (to the consternation of some academics). The question that seems seems to spring to mind (judging from the #NSS hashtag on Twitter) is: will students still be satisfied next year when, on average, they’ll be paying three times as much for their tuition? Only time will tell.

Josh Howgego

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