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LSBU responds to Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data report

London South Bank University (LSBU) welcomes publication of the Government's Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) report on Tuesday 13 June
15 June 2017

Publication of the Government’s Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) report on Tuesday 13 June is welcomed by London South Bank University (LSBU) for helping to shed light on the long-term development and prospects of the University’s students following graduation.

The LEO dataset, published by the Department for Education, stretches back to sample data from three student cohorts in 2008/9, based on one year following graduation.

Combined with data from the national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE) and the work being done at LSBU to improve employability outcomes for graduates, the LEO report contributes to a growing, positive narrative about LSBU improving its record on employability for students.

The latest subject level dataset shows that students of education, nursing and subjects allied to medicine at LSBU do best when it comes to sustained employment and further education prospects one year after graduation. Nursing students fare particularly well, with over 80 per cent of students achieving positive outcomes at one, three and five year intervals after leaving.

By five years after graduation, students studying psychology, nursing and subjects allied to medicine show positive results in terms of further education and sustained employment prospects.

LSBU students graduating from courses in nursing, engineering and technology and architecture, building and planning achieve the highest average earnings at one, three and five years following graduation, while nursing, architecture, building and planning graduates achieve consistently above the sector average.

Results for students taking a number of LSBU degree courses show a significant improvement in scores from years one to five. This applies to courses in law, forensic science and psychology, with results tending towards well above average in Year 5.

Professor Shan Wareing, LSBU’s Pro Vice Chancellor, Education and Student Experience, said: “We welcome publication of the LEO data today because it shows that, when taken together with the DLHE student survey results and the hard work we’re doing to improve students’ employability outcomes, LSBU has achieved a consistent improvement in the career prospects and aspirations of our students, post-graduation.

“Because LEO data takes the long view, mining graduate data from as far back as 2008-9 this also allows us to gain a clearer picture of graduate outcomes for our students and how these are improving year on year.

“We are working hard to continuously improve the employability offering to our students, including ensuring they have real world experience and develop networks in their destination industry, which we know has a significant impact on their career prospects and progression.”

Read the full LEO data report on the Department for Education’s website.