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Students to be given career salary map

Published: Tuesday, 03 November 2009   Category: All Graduate job news

University students will soon be given information on their likely earnings after graduating from a particular course.

The data will be included in a raft of changes to the way higher education is presented to potential undergraduates.

Students will also be able to check drop-out rates and the number of contact hours to expect with tutors before signing up to a particular course.

Universities secretary Lord Mandelson is expected to announce the move next week as part of a move to treat students as paying customers.

Employers are also set to be asked to take a bigger role in the development of education to ensure graduates have the skills that recruiters require.

National Union of Students president Wes Streeting said the idea was right but expressed concern that it may damage the quality of courses.

"There needs to be very good data included otherwise universities will offer more hours in huge lecture halls and cramped seminars when fewer hours with smaller groups would be much better," he stated.

The news follows a study by the Higher Education Careers Services Unit, which showed that graduate employment has dipped to 44 per cent.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19439703-ADNFCR

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