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Guess which the top universities to study in the UK are – according to employers…

This article talks about the universities that are ranked high for graduate employability in the UK. A must-read if you plan to study in the UK!

31 May 2019 317 Book icon 3 mins Share
top universities to study in the UK are – according to employers…

Those of you wondering which university to study in the UK for better chances of employability – this is for you. Getting a well-paying job after graduation in the UK isn’t as common, but it is possible. Yes, you need the required academic excellence, skills and even work experience to an extent. However, it is also equally important to choose a university that has a good graduate employment rate.

We bring to you the popular universities that are ranked in the top 15 for graduate employability - according to employers from around the world!

A total of 15 UK universities are listed in the Global University Employability Ranking 2018, which is published by Times Higher Education (THE). The universities are ranked by top multinational companies based on how prepared its students are for their workplace.

Here, take a look at three of the top 15 universities:

University of Bristol

University of Bristol ranks 8th in the UK (and 80th in the world) for graduate employability. Founded in 1876, the university is placed 78th in 2019 World University Rankings. It has strong collaborations with hundreds of organisations around the world and has a commendable reputation in the industry. This network and reputation make Bristol students highly employable in a variety of fields.

Ranked 5th in the UK for research (REF 2014), University of Bristol blends academic excellence and industry exposure and make students job-ready. The university has a high employability record and is associated with as many as thirteen Nobel laureates including the Sir Winston Churchill (Bristol’s Chancellor from 1929 to 1965).

Durham University

Ranked 11th in the UK and placed in the world’s top 150 universities for graduate employability, Durham University is a Russel Group institution. It is the third oldest university in England (only after Oxford and Cambridge universities) and is ranked 114th in the World University Rankings 2019. Home to over 4,500 international students from more than 156 countries, it is known for its student diversity.

According to the QS University Rankings, Durham University is placed 40th in the world for employer reputation. The university’s research teams work together with numerous companies and business leaders worldwide, giving students extensive industrial exposure.

Also, the university Careers and Enterprise Centre assists students in several ways such as – developing employable skills, job hunting and setting up employer visits. England cricketer Andrew Strauss is one of the many popular alumni of the university.

Cardiff University

Cardiff University, named the Welsh University of the Year ((The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018), ranks 15th in the UK for graduate employability. Home to over 7500 international students from over 100 countries, it is truly an international university.

Cardiff University’s strong partnerships with leading organisations in more than 35 countries enhance the learning outcome of its students, with inputs from industry experts. As a result, Cardiff students are prepared for their future career environment, armed with latest industry knowledge.

Cardiff is the hotspot for hundreds of student and graduate recruiters, thanks to the university’s support in career and employability. The university organises career fairs, employer events, online job boards for employers to advertise and provide career advice. The university also has a team that support work experience, internships and short-term placements.

Cardiff University is ranked 5th in the UK for research (Ref 2014). Two of its research scientists have won Nobel Prize for their contribution in the field of chemistry and medicine. The university is also a 7-time recipient of Queen’s Anniversary Prizes.

Since we’re talking about employability, did you know that students with internships are three times more likely to find a lucrative job? Here are few postgraduate programmes offering internships in the UK.

QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019

Wait, we’re not done yet. Apart from all this, we also bring to you the QS Top Universities rankings. That’s right. QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019 are out, and we can’t wait to list out the top10 universities that produce most employable graduates in the UK. The rankings are centered around various criteria, which include – first and foremost the university’s graduate employment rate, alumni, the employer-student connections and the university’s partnership with employees.

Here, we bring to you the UK’s top 10 universities of the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings:

  1. University of Cambridge
  2. University of Oxford
  3. University College London (UCL)
  4. Imperial College London
  5. University of Leeds
  6. University of Manchester
  7. University of Bristol
  8. London School of Economic and Political Science (LSE)
  9. University of Edinburgh
  10. King’s College London

So, these are the universities with high graduate employability, that are ranked well by companies worldwide. We understand you may have plenty of other questions with regards to your study in the UK like – how much will the tuition and living expenses in the UK come to, or how to go about the application process and entry requirements. Don’t worry – we have our best counsellors to assist you with everything from choosing the right university to applying to your dream university. All you have to do is sign up in our ‘call back’ form and we’ll be happy to help you study in the UK.

Alternatively, you could check out our UK FAQ and get all your questions and concerns sorted. So, hurry up!

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