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The Destinations of Leavers From Higher Education 2018: School of English

English School Summary

Data obtained as part of the 2017 DLHE collection shows that recent graduates from the school have performed well in some areas after leaving the university.

  • The graduate level employment data shows that 75% of employed leavers were in graduate level work, which is below the institutional average of 80%.
  • Those leavers who reported that they were still seeking employment six months after graduating is very low at only 3%.
  • The further study rate for leavers is historically above the university average and this pattern has been repeated again this year with 33% of leavers from the school choosing to undertake further study, the university average is 30%. In previous surveys, this higher further study rate has typically helped mitigate the lower employment rate and this year follows that trend where 54% of leavers are in any form of employment, which is 5% below the average.
  • These figures all contribute to producing a performance indicator (PI)* score of 82% for the school just below the institutional score of 83%.

Department Summary


The department is historically one of those that closely matches the school average in terms of graduate prospects and this year is no exception.

  • The graduate level employment figure is below the average of all Sussex departments with 74% of employed leavers being in graduate level work. The overall employment figure at 55% is 5% below the university average of 59%.
  • The rate of unemployment for leavers from the department is below the school average at 2% and below the institutional average of 4%.
  • Leavers from this department decide to undertake further study at a higher rate than the university average with 33% of leavers choosing to study.
  • This data gives the department a PI score of 82% just 1% below the university average.


The department is a strong performer and their graduates have recorded some excellent outcomes but the small cohort size can lead to some distortions.

  • The overall employment rate of 44% is the lowest across all departments.
  • Pleasingly, 100% of these leavers are in graduate level employment, the best performance of any department.
  • Leavers have performed less strongly in terms of unemployment with 11% indicting that they were still seeking work, although this is only 1 individual.
  • The further study rate for the department of 22% is below the school average and is well below the institutional average of 30%.
  • This data gives the department a PI score of 86% making it joint 7th highest overall.


* The Performance Indicator (PI) is the product of those in graduate level work or further study out of those in work, study or unemployment.

Main Destinations

Graduate Level Jobs

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