The University of Huddersfield has been given a five-star rating for getting students ready for work.

The university’s careers and employability service was awarded the maximum rating under the worldwide QS Stars grading system. That represents a rapid upgrade on the four star status achieved only last year and means the university now has five stars in most of the areas covered under the QS Stars system.

The university made its QS debut at the start of 2014 with an overall four star rating – although five stars were awarded for teaching, internationalisation, facilities and access.

Stephen Boyd, head of careers and employability, and Pro David Taylor, pro vice-chancellor international, decided that developments in the service meant a new submission to QS would be successful. Now a five-star rating for employability has been granted.

The university submitted evidence of its university’s strong showing in the most recent Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) survey as well as its success in other criteria – including the numbers of employers who visit the Queensgate campus to meet students and provide job opportunities and placements.

Mr Boyd said the numbers of staff dedicated to employability issues was a crucial factor – along with the university’s EmployableME scheme, which encouraged students to use their initiative to seek employment.

Said Mr Boyd: “As a university, we know that employability plays a huge part in the student experience and to invite QS to take another look at this particular aspect of what we do seemed like a great opportunity for us.

Stephen Boyd, head of careers and employability at Huddersfield University
 

“We have also recently recruited two new members of the careers and employability staff to work specifically with international students – an internships co-ordinator and a specialist international careers adviser – and we felt that was a useful thing to let the QS people know.”

He said: “The five-star rating recognises that employability continues to feature highly on the university’s agenda and maintaining this rating going forward will provide a constant reminder and a welcome challenge.

“We will remain committed to supporting our students throughout their university journey and to make sure that they are as job-ready as possible.”

The QS Stars system is widely recognised across the world. It takes its name from parent organisation, Quacquarelli Symonds, a leading provider of specialist higher education and careers information.