Graduate employability: top universities in the UK ranked by employers

Universities producing the most employable graduates have been ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2017

November 16 2017
University of Oxford

In total, 10 UK universities appear in the Global University Employability Ranking 2017, designed by HR consultancy Emerging and published exclusively by Times Higher Education. The ranking reveals which universities recruiters at top companies think are the best at preparing students for the workplace.

Four of the UK universities are London institutions, but there is a spread of universities from the North to the South.

The universities of Cambridge and Oxford take the first two positions. The University of Cambridge was the only UK university to enter into the top 10 of the overall top 150 of the Graduate Employability Ranking. 

The University of Edinburgh was the only Scottish university to make the overall ranking, coming in at number 78.  


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Top three universities in the UK for graduate employability 

1. 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.

2. 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.

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.

3. Imperial College London

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

Imperial College London hosts many workshops and events on careers skills throughout the year such as lunchtime careers talks, employer led skills workshops, and mock interview with employers. 

The university also allows students to come back to the university for careers support up to three years after they graduate.


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Top universities in the UK for graduate employability 2017

Graduate Employability 2017 Rank UK Rank 2017 University 
5 1 University of Cambridge
15 2 University of Oxford
17 3 Imperial College London
25 4 King’s College London
34 5 University of Manchester
46 6 London School of Economics and Political Science
49 7 UCL
78 8 University of Edinburgh
85 9 University of Bristol
142 10 University of Birmingham

See the full results of the Global University Employability Ranking 2017

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