A recent article on BBC News aroused Live!'s suspicion by stating that the government, backed by the NUS, was advising students to 'leave the UK' on graduation to take advantage of the global job market.
The advice is allegedly contained in leaflets that will be available on campuses later this term. Live! has got hold of a copy and can find no evidence that the NUS or the Minister of State for Higher Education and Intellectual Property, Mr David Lammy, have advised students to do anything of the sort. The leaflet, entitled 'Life after Graduation' offers a balanced mix of advice on various sectors aswell as finding jobs in the UK and abroad. In direct contrast to the BBC's suggestion, the leaflet states in regard to working in UK: "a recent AGR survey has found that many top companies are still recruiting. Although some sectors have been hit harder by recession, some, for example retail, engineering, fast-moving consumer goods and the public sector, are offering even more graduate jobs."
Speaking to Live! Reporter, Lawrence Weetman, the President of the National Union of Students, Wes Streeting said "Unfortunately, the press coverage has given the impression that NUS says go abroad for a job - far from it!" Live! thought this was a bit of a shame because that would have given Imperial even more of an incentive to change their mind about proposed cuts to language courses.