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Employability statement

At our institution, students have the opportunity to leave with more than just a qualification. Our teaching staff are not only well-qualified, they also have strong links to their professional industries. We make it our business to understand what employers want from graduates and our relationships with local, national and international employers ensure we develop new and innovative courses that in turn develop relevant skills and experience amongst our undergraduates and graduates to meet the needs and demands of the modern labour market.

Our change of name from Thames Valley University to The University of West London highlights our strategic shift towards our Ealing and Brentford site, West London campuses in West London. It also marks a change of emphasis in terms of our mission with a strong focus on employer engagement, in particular, vocational and professional education in a variety of national and international arenas.

We were placed third amongst non-specialist higher education institutions in London and in the top 25 in England for graduate employment in the most recent Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) league table – and named number one for graduate employment by the Times Higher Education magazine.

The University has a long history of working effectively with employers, driving innovation, enterprise and economic growth across the London and Thames Valley regions. We have a strong record of graduate employment, an international reputation in the fields of healthcare, music and hospitality, and outstanding links with employers across a number of sectors. We aim to continue to be at the forefront of employer engagement and enterprise development in the UK. Many of our courses have been given professional accreditation and details are available within our course search function on our website.

We are a business-facing university with a demand-led portfolio of courses, delivered in a flexible learning environment not limited by time, place or mode of study. The support we offer reflects the flexible delivery of our portfolio of courses. Whether students are studying with us full or part-time, evenings or weekends, our Careers and Employment Service and Student Services departments are well placed to provide the ongoing support that students need to maintain a work / life / study balance. Throughout their course, students are encouraged to plan their career by developing employability skills through work placements, part-time paid work and volunteering activities as well as developing CV writing skills and learning how to present themselves to employers.