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The Destinations of Leavers From Higher Education 2018: School of Life Sciences

School of Life Sciences Summary

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

  • The graduate level employment data shows that 75% of employed leavers were in graduate level work, which is 5% below the institutional average of 80%.
  • Those leavers who reported that they were still seeking employment six months after graduating matches the institutional average at 4%.
  • The further study rate for the school shows 41% of leavers choosing to undertake further study, exceeding the university average of 30% by 11%, making this the highest further study rate of any school of study at Sussex.
  • 51% of leavers are in any form of employment, which is 9% below the average.
  • These figures all contribute to producing a performance indicator (PI)* score of 82% for the school just 1% below the institutional score of 83%.

Department Summary


The department has performed well across the main outcomes groups of further study and graduate level employment.

  • The graduate level employment figure is 6% above the average of all Sussex departments with 86% of employed leavers being in graduate level work.
  •  The overall employment figure at 47% is 12% below the university average of 59%.
  • The rate of unemployment for leavers from the department is above the school average at 7% although this is only three individuals.
  • Leavers from this department chose to undertake further study at a much higher rate than the university average with 40% of leavers choosing to study, this helps to mitigate the negative impact of the low overall employment rate.
  • This data gives the department a PI score of 86%, which is 6% above the university average.

Life Sciences

The department is a strong performer and their graduates have recorded some excellent outcomes this year.

  • The overall employment rate of 51% is 8% below the average rate across all departments.
  • 73% of these leavers are in graduate level employment, 7% below the university average.
  • Leavers have performed strongly in terms of unemployment matching the institution average with 4% indicting that they were still seeking work.
  • The further study rate for the department of 41% is well above the school and the institutional average of 30% and has contributed to reduce the impact of the low graduate level employment rate.
  • This data gives the department a PI score of 82%, which is below the university average by 1%.

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

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