NCTJ course at Nottingham Trent tops Unistats tables for graduate employment

With all the reports of lack of recruitment in the media industry, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s almost impossible to find work as a young graduate. However Unistats’ figures show a different story for students on one NCTJ-accredited journalism degree, which is currently top of the list for graduate employment statistics.

Nottingham Trent University has the highest employment level for any undergraduate degree in journalism, with 75% of students going on to secure employment, way above the national average of 55%.

In line with this result, the BA at Nottingham Trent University also topped the NCTJ results table for undergraduate degree courses in 2009/2010, with the greatest percentage of gold-standard A-C passes and 100wpm shorthand.

Robin Staniforth, director of the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism at Nottingham Trent University, said: “We do all we can to make sure our students have the skills and understanding needed to get into journalism. This, coupled with our NCTJ accreditation, we feel gives them the best possible chance to succeed in a very challenging profession.”

Staffordshire University is second in the table with 73% and NCTJ-accredited courses at the University of Central Lancashire and University of Sheffield also make the top ten.

Pete Leydon, journalism course leader at Staffordshire University commented: "This is one in the eye for the doom and gloom merchants who say there are no journalism jobs out there. These figures confirm what we at Staffordshire University knew all along, that our journalism graduates are high-quality operators.

"The industry, in all its forms, is crying out for talented NCTJ-trained journalists who possess the passion, determination and hard work to succeed. And this is what we instil in our undergraduate and postgraduate students from day one.

"Only yesterday, one of our current final year NCTJ-accredited students landed a full-time job ahead of 400 applicants with a national consumer magazine!"

The government’s Unistats figures are currently the only subject-specific measure for students to compare different courses. The figures show the percentage of students in graduate employment, the average UCAS points achieved and also student satisfaction. To view the figures visit