Graduate employability: top universities in the UK ranked by employers 2018

Universities producing the most employable graduates have been ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2018

November 14 2018
Trinity College, Cambridge

In total, 15 UK universities appear in the Global University Employability Ranking 2018, designed by HR consultancy Emerging and published exclusively by Times Higher Education. The ranking reveals the 250 universities that recruiters at top companies think are the best at preparing students for the workplace.

Five of these are London-based institutions, and the remaining 10 UK universities are spread across the country.

Cambridge and Oxford take the first two positions. The University of Cambridge was the only UK institution in the top 10 of the Graduate Employability Ranking. 

Two Scottish universities make it into the overall ranking, with the University of Edinburgh at 71 and the University of St Andrews ranked in the 150-200 band. 


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Top three universities in the UK for graduate employability 

1. University of Cambridge

Beyond the University of Cambridge’s prestigious reputation, graduates benefit from a 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.

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

2. University of Oxford

At least 30 international leaders, 27 British prime ministers, 50 Nobel prizewinners and 120 Olympic medalists have studied at the University of Oxford, securing its reputation among employers and the general public.

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 careers events throughout the year, including lunchtime talks, employer-led skills workshops, and mock interviews with employers. 

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


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Top universities in the UK for graduate employability 2018

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2019 results

UK Rank 2018 Graduate Employability Rank 2018

Graduate Employability 
Rank 2017

University City
1 4 5 University of Cambridge Cambridge
2 11 15 University of Oxford Oxford
3 17 17 Imperial College London London
4 29 25 King’s College London London
5 35 34 University of Manchester Manchester
6 71 78 University of Edinburgh Edinburgh
7 76 49 UCL London
8 80 85 University of Bristol Bristol
9 83 46 London School of Economics and Political Science London
10 122 NR London Business School London
=11 150-200 NR University of Bath Bath
=11 150-200 142 University of Birmingham Birmingham
=11 150-200 NR Durham University Durham
=11 150-200 NR University of St Andrews St Andrews
15 200-250 NR Cardiff University Cardiff

See the full results of the Global University Employability Ranking 2018

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