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The team at Gradplus are pleased to provide you with coverage of the key issues and stories in the graduate sector.


Leeds the most cost-effective university city

Leeds has come first in an index ranking university towns and cities based on their value for money.

The Student Living Index, compiled by the Royal Bank of Scotland, ranks places based on living costs and rent, essential costs and non-essential expenses. This is then compared to the potential earnings from part-time work in the area. read more...


Performance pay boosts happiness

Graduate job seekers and their employed counterparts may be able to increase workplace contentment with performance related pay, new research has found. read more...


Graduates should be career focused

Students should go on to study at degree level for their graduate career and not for the sake of being educated, an educational foundation argues.

Edge claims that due to 'academic snobbery' some young people are studying at degree level for the sake of it even though it may not be the best option. read more...


Work experience key to graduate recruitment

Graduates looking for their first foray in the world of work must have relevant work experience as well as their degree, a recruitment website has claimed. read more...


Satisfaction seeking graduates should turn to management

Graduates who want optimum job satisfaction should aim for a career in corporate management, a new study suggests.

According to new research compiled by the University of Bath, the occupation with the highest level of contentment was corporate management and, one of six management positions in the top ten. read more...


UK universities need more international students

MPs hope that UK universities will improve their global status by trying to attract more international students.

The Commons Education Select Committee claims that an outreach to more students from emerging countries such as China and India is key to improving the status of UK universities abroad. read more...


Finance graduates want progression

Graduates in the financial sector may find that employers will not meet their ambitious needs.

Research by Robert Half Finance and Accounting and the Institute of Chartered Accounts, suggests that a quarter of accountants have rejected jobs that have not given them the potential to progress, reports onrec. read more...


Banks must 'take responsibility' for graduate debt

High street banks should 'take some responsibility' for the rising level of graduate arrears, a leading debt consultancy has claimed.

Thomas Charles & Co suggest that the banks are partially to blame because the high overdraft limits and credit cards they offer to students encourages them to borrow more. read more...


'Train to Gain' criticised by committee

Graduates starting new careers may not receive extra training for job related skills - if the government takes the advice of a select committee.

The government's new skills programme 'Train to Gain' allows staff to learn vocational skills at work, such as management and computing. read more...


Savills: Low graduate wages prevent home ownership

The low level of graduate income is the most fundamental problem for young first-time buyers, according to Savills.

According to the estate agents student debt 'compounds' the difficulty of getting on the housing ladder but the real obstacle is a lack of earnings. read more...

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