Buckingham comes out on top for graduate prospects

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New figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) reveal that Buckingham comes top in the country for graduate prospects.

The University of Buckingham says one of the reasons for its success is the strong links it has with businesses and organisations in the community.

Steve Adams, development manager of Milton Keynes-based Document Logistix, said: “Some students did some work experience in the autumn. It was product-testing. There were logging any problems that they found as users.

“We have been very impressed with Buckingham students.

“The way they picked up technology was really impressive.”

He added: “One of the advantages is the applied computing course at the university.

“They are learning about mobile apps which is what is going on in technology at the moment.”

Former University of Buckingham applied computing graduate Michael Randall, 27, who now works for Document Logistix, says he has found a job that suits him after working as a game tester in Guildford.

Mr Randall said: “I felt I had gone as far as I could. My job now is much more interesting and it’s really fulfilling.

“There is scope to do things on my own and problems to overcome which I really enjoy doing.”

Professor Sabah Jassim, head of the university’s applied computing department, said: “Working with the community brings huge benefits.

“A number of graduates from the university have been employed as a result of building strong relationships with businesses while they were studying.”