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Jobs surge for graduates eases fears over fees

As Scottish student leaders vowed this week to fight the Government's proposed Pounds 1,000 tuition fees, there was good news about employment prospects: demand for graduates is on the increase.

Last session showed a 6 per cent rise in the number of presentations by employers at universities and colleges, and the number of graduate jobs advertised in Prospect Today, the magazine of the Higher Education Careers Services Unit, was up by 30 per cent this May compared with 1996.

John Arbuthnott, principal of Strathclyde University and a member of the Dearing and Garrick committees, said that market forces would compel companies to offer incentives to get the best graduates. "We envisaged that employers might wish actually to repay the debt," Professor Arbuthnott said.

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