Graduate employability: top universities in the UK ranked by employers

The best universities in the UK for graduate employability have been chosen by local recruiters.
November 16 2016

University of Oxford

University of Oxford
University of Oxford

See the full results of the Global University Employability Ranking 2016


Universities across the United Kingdom have been chosen by UK companies as the best at preparing graduates for the workplace.

In total 63 universities appear in the UK employability Ranking. Half of the top 10 are London institutions, but overall there is a wide spread of universities from the North to the South.

The University of Manchester beats Imperial, King’s and UCL to fourth place, for example, and the top university in Scotland is the University of Edinburgh (in seventh position).

Although the employability survey on which this table is based found that the reputation of UK university graduates has fallen behind that of Germany this year, many universities in the UK are still high on recruiters’ priority lists.

The global ranking is compiled using the votes of local recruiters and directors of international companies, while the UK ranking uses only the votes of local recruiters.

The survey has been running for six years as a collaboration between human resources consultancy Emerging and employment research group Trendence. It is published exclusively by Times Higher Education.


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The top three universities in the UK for graduate employability: 

University of Cambridge

Beyond the university’s prestigious reputation, alumni also benefit from a whole network of fellow alumni in influential positions around the world.

Many Cambridge graduates go on to lead companies or become high profile political and cultural players. More than 400 Cambridge alumni groups exist around the world, from Australia to Brazil.

Although the university is well-known for its traditional tutelage system, where students closely interact with their teachers in small groups, there are also innovative teaching methods being introduced. Academics can receive grants to fund creative projects to explore new ways of teaching students.

University of Oxford

At least 30 international leaders, 27 British prime ministers, 50 Nobel prize winners and 120 Olympic medalists have studied at Oxford, securing its reputation among employers and the population more generally.

Admission is extremely competitive and employers are generally confident that hiring an Oxford graduate is a safe bet, since graduates are highly intelligent and motivated.

The university is also committed to developing digital technology and communication, so graduates are often exposed to important research and innovation that can be applied in the workplace.

London School of Economics and Political Science

London is one of the most popular destinations for entrepreneurial students or anyone hoping to forge relationships with international companies.

Six months after graduation, 90 per cent of LSE graduates were working or studying further. Most graduates pursue careers in banking and finance, politics, government and public sector, consultancy or education.

An average starting salary for an LSE graduate is currently around £30,000.

The careers service at LSE runs a wide range of events and schemes, and alumni can benefit from the job service up to five years after graduation.


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Top universities in the UK for graduate employability

Country Rank

University

1

University of Cambridge

2

University of Oxford

3

London School of Economics

4

University of Manchester

5

Imperial College London

6

King's College London

7

University of Edinburgh

8

University College London

=9

London Business School

=9

University of Bristol

11

University of St Andrews

=12

City, University London

=12

University of Leeds

=14

Cardiff University

=14

The Open University

=14

University of Durham

=14

University of York

=18

London College of Law

=18

Manchester Business School

=18

University of Liverpool

=21

University of Glasgow

=21

University of Southampton

=21

University of Warwick

=24

Queen Mary, University of London

=24

Queen's University Belfast

=24

University of Nottingham

27

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne

28

University of Bath

=29

Loughborough University

=29

University of Exeter

=29

University of Sheffield

32

University of Birmingham

=33

Brunel University

=33

Heriot-Watt University

=33

Lancaster University

=33

Swansea University

37

University of East Anglia

38

University of Reading

=39

Bangor University

=39

London School Of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

=39

Royal Holloway, University of London

=42

Cranfield School of Management

=42

University of Dundee

=42

University of Sussex

=45

Aston University

=45

University of Strathclyde

=47

The School of Oriental and African Studies, Univ. of London

=47

University of Essex

=47

University of Leicester

=50

Aberystwyth University

=50

Goldsmiths, University of London

=50

University of Aberdeen

=50

University of Kent

=50

University of Surrey

=50

Westminster College

56

University of Hull

=57

Middlesex University London

=57

Warwick Business School

59

University of Bradford

=60

ESCP Europe

=60

The Fuqua School of Business

=62

Hult International Business School

=62

University of Hertfordshire

See the full results of the Global University Employability Ranking 2016

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