STUDENTS love going to the University of Chester - but feel they have little chance of a job at the end of their degree, according to a national league table.
Student satisfaction is near the top of the Good University Guide table but employment prospects are rock bottom, ranking the university last out of the 113 institutions listed.
But a spokesperson from the University of Chester disputes the figures, saying: 'According to the latest available figures, almost all our current graduates (94.7%) find work shortly after leaving the university and students are actively supported by careers advisors throughout their time at the institution and beyond.
'The guide focuses on historical figures dating back to 2004/5. At that time, 93.7% of all graduates had secured employment within six months of leaving (a 7% rise on the previous year), but approximately a quarter of their jobs would not be described as being of 'graduate level', according to the criteria used at that time to compile the guide.
'However, the graduate employment prospects for the university's nursing graduates were the best in the country in 2004/5.'
According to their records, about half of its students choose to stay in and around Chester after they graduate.
Overall, the university is positioned 84th in the league table which is topped by Cambridge University. As well as student satisfaction and employment prospects, the league table takes into account academic services,
expenditure on facilities, degree completion rates, ratio of staff to students, research assessment, the number of students who achieve a good honours degree and entry standards.
Among the university's academic strengths listed in the Good University Guide are biological sciences, performing arts and sport sciences. Its sports facilities are praised as are the thriving Student Union branches on both the Chester and the Warrington campuses.
Chester received university status two years ago. It was founded in 1839.
The University of Chester ranking in the Good University Guide of 113 universities.
* Student satisfaction (the view of students of the teaching quality) 15
* Research assessment (the average quality of the research undertaken) 102
* Student/staff ratio (the average staffing level) 54
* Academic services spend (per student) 104
* Facilities expenditure (on staff and students) 65
* Completion rate 82
* Good honours (the percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree) 100
* Graduate prospects 11 3
* Entry standards (the average UCAS tariff score of new students) 79
* Overall ranking 84