In the Good Universities Guide 2019 we gained a five-star rating in Student Retention, and maintained our five-star rating for Student-teacher Ratio and Student Demand.
The Good Universities Guide 2019 data is gathered from those with undergraduate degrees, utilising the 2015 Graduate Destination Survey and the 2016 and 2017 Graduate Outcomes Survey results. This means we are only now starting to see our students graduating under the 2012-introduced course structure represented in these results.
As our students going into the typically higher paying careers such as law, medicine and engineering now graduate with a postgraduate degree, we have not received a five-star rating for Graduate Starting Salaries as these students are excluded from these results.
We have, however, maintained our number one position (equal first) in Australia’s Group of Eight universities for Graduate Starting Salaries, with UWA graduates earning a median of $60,000 in their first year of full time employment. The result is also above the Australian university graduate median of $58,000.
In the fields of Accounting, Business and Management, Communications, Economics and Medicine, UWA graduates also achieve the highest starting salary in Western Australia.
In terms of Graduate Employment, that is graduates achieving full time work post-graduation, we have seen a slight decline of 3% overall. In the fields of Communications and Creative Arts UWA graduates top the state in the Graduate Employment rating.
One of our strategies to improve graduate employment outcomes is to focus on providing work integrated learning and internship opportunities for both our undergraduate and postgraduate students. This is crucial to ensure our graduates leave UWA work-ready and with practical experience that will set them apart from the crowd. Currently 67 per cent of our courses incorporate work integrated learning.
Additionally, it is important to note that students entering the workforce with a postgraduate education have a higher employability rate of around 90 per cent. While these students are not represented in this particular ranking, this is a significant benefit of the UWA courses structure because around 40 per cent of UWA students progress through to postgraduate studies compared with only 14 per cent of students from other WA universities.