A new analysis found that 51% of students in Edinburgh choose to stay in the Scottish city after graduation, with only London having a higher retention rate.
Glasgow’s retention rate was 46%, while Manchester’s was slightly higher at 42%. Birmingham comes in at 40%.
Although about a third of Edinburgh graduates already resided in the Scottish city before they enrolled at the university, the city does pretty well when it comes to graduate retention. Essentially, this means there are more non-local graduates who work in Edinburgh than the local graduates who have left Edinburgh to work in other cities such as London or Belfast.
Law, computer science, and creative arts graduates are the ones that are most likely to stay in Edinburgh.
When it comes to graduate retention, Edinburgh School of Art is among the best, with only over 50% opting to stay in the city even after graduating. Of the graduates who choose to remain, 65% weren’t originally from Edinburgh. The number of graduates retained from Scotland’s Royal Conservatoire who aren’t from Edinburgh was higher at 71%.
Michael Young, 30, who grew up in Bruntsfield, left Edinburgh Law School three years ago and chooses to stay in Edinburgh to pursue his career as a lawyer.
Young says he fell in love with Edinburgh; it’s full of amazing people. He further adds that he had considered moving to Manchester, but with the fast transport, he can travel to London or Manchester and get back within a day.
“Also, if you consider the cost of living in Edinburgh, I was 23 when I graduated, I had for several years lived in the student flats. Also, my partner is a primary headteacher. I have already been building my life here.”
The city’s graduate retention success is reasonable to consider a large number of Edinburgh students – across different cities in the UK, we find that with such a high number of local students, it seems like growing up in a particular city makes a student more likely to opt to live there even after finishing their studies.
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