Producing work-ready graduates has to be one of the top priorities of universities, according to a leading academic.

Professor Ahmed Al-Shamma, executive dean of the faculty of engineering and technology at Liverpool John Moores University, told a BusinessCloud evening event that education needs to be relevant to the workplace.

“How we are engaging with the industry is very important,” he said. “Are we delivering something as a university that the industry is looking for?

“We’re interacting a lot with industry. They’re telling us what’s missing.

“Are they ready from day one after they graduate?

“About 81 per cent of students within our faculty get a professional job within three months of graduating. That’s well above the national average.”

A BusinessCloud roundtable heard recently that there is a “huge discrepancy” in the experience of teachers delivering tech education in the UK.

And Paul Bason, digital innovation director at Manchester Metropolitan University, has said that the education system is “broken” when it comes to technology.