HUDDERSFIELD University has overtaken Oxford and Cambridge in its employment levels.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency has released figures which showed that six months after leaving the university, 93.7% of graduates were in employment.

This compared with Oxford University with 90.2% employed and Cambridge with 93.6%.

Huddersfield was rated the sixth highest employing university in England aside from specialist colleges.

Deputy vice-chancellor Professor Peter Slee said: “We are delighted with the new figures.

“We were in the top 20 last year, but this is an improvement. We put our success down to the close working relationship and influence from industries.

“Those relationships extend across all areas of the curriculum through work placements or working with an employer, for example our historians will use the Royal Armouries facility.”

The University’s career service recently won an award from Times Higher Education. The careers service at the School of Computing and Engineering also won Best Placement or Careers Service in the UK for 2011.

Prof Slee said: “We have established a really good track record and it is great news for the town.”