A NORTH-EAST university is one of the best in the country for getting graduates into jobs, research has found.

Teesside University has also been recognised as the best in the region for getting its graduates into professional roles.

Just six months on from graduating, almost 57 percent of Teesside graduates secured professional and managerial roles, which is two per cent above the national average.

However, the figures, taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey for 2015/16, show the region’s four other universities have seen a drop in the number of graduates securing high-level jobs.

The University of Sunderland’s success rate was only 42.8 per cent, a fall of six-and-a-half per cent.

Durham University achieved 52 per cent, a fall of just over three per cent, whilst Newcastle and Northumbria Universities both scored 55 per cent.

Newcastle’s score was a fall of six-and-a-half per cent on the previous year, whilst Northumbria’s figure was down two per cent.

Teesside was the only university to record an increase – at almost three per cent.

The DLHE survey collects information on what leavers of higher education programmes are doing six months after graduating from their course.

Professor Paul Croney, vice-chancellor and chief executive said: “We are delighted that Teesside University graduates are so valued by employers seeking to fill graduate-level vacancies.

“This reflects our commitment to providing an excellent student and learning experience. We will continue to strive to ensure our students realise their potential beyond graduation.

“The fact that that such a high proportion of students are in senior positions so soon after graduating is a testament to their hard work and dedication and also to the commitment of our staff to make certain that every single one of our graduates is ready for work.”

The DLHE survey is completed on behalf of the Higher Education Statistics Agency, which collects statistics about higher education in the UK.