1. Cambridge University
The University of Cambridge, which is ranked fifth on the list, is the top UK university for graduate employability in 2017. Cambridge has the highest rating in the index for “employer reputation,” and its graduates are very in-demand. It also obtains a good rating for “alumni outcomes” because of its numerous accomplished and well-known former students. Charles Darwin, Sylvia Plath, and Stephen Hawking are notable Cambridge alums.
2. Oxford University
The University of Oxford, which is ranked eighth in the world for graduate employability, boasts a roster of successful graduates to rival Cambridge’s, including 27 British Prime Ministers and notable individuals like Oscar Wilde, Helen Fielding, Hugh Grant, Rosamund Pike, and Lewis Carroll. Oxford, which rates marginally higher than its rival for alumni outcomes and comes in second behind Cambridge in terms of employer reputation, says that 95% of undergraduate leavers are employed or enrolled in further education within six months of graduation.
3. Imperial College London
Imperial College London is the highest-ranked institution from the UK’s capital, coming in at joint 20th in the graduate employability rankings. In order to assist students develop skills and experiences that employers value, Imperial encourages them to participate in a variety of placements, internships, and volunteering programs (like Imperial Plus). In addition to well-known individuals like H.G. Wells and Alexander Fleming, this science-focused institution has ties to 14 Nobel Laureates.
4. UCL (University College London)
UCL (University College London), which is ranked 24th globally for graduate employability, received its highest rating in the category of “employer reputation.” The university’s center for entrepreneurship, UCL Innovation and Enterprise, was praised by the UK publication The Guardian in March 2016 for being a “shining example of support” for student entrepreneurs. Furthermore, it obtains one of the top 25 rankings for “alumni outcomes.”
5. Manchester University
The University of Manchester, one of the biggest universities in the UK and a member of the elite Russell Group, is placed 35th globally for graduate employability and once again received its highest score in the employer reputation area. Manchester is the university that the majority of top graduate employers in the UK are targeting, according to High Fliers’ Graduate Market in 2016 report. Famous graduates from the university include Brian Cox, Meera Syal, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
6. Bristol University
The University of Bristol, which ranks 39th in the employability rankings, is another of the top UK universities for graduate employability. A project known as Bristol Futures, which is being implemented across the entire institution and is based on the three pathways of innovation and enterprise, global citizenship, and sustainable futures, is now under construction at Bristol. The initiative encourages students to develop transferable skills and qualities outside the scope of their academic specialty by collaborating with the neighborhood community.
7. Edinburgh University
The University of Edinburgh, one of the most sought-after institutions in the UK in terms of applications, is ranked 50th globally for graduate employability. 94% of its graduates are employed or enrolled in more education six months after graduation, which is higher than the UK average. The university’s award-winning LAUNCH.ed program, which provides free one-on-one meetings with business counselors and attempts to help students stand out in the cutthroat job market, works to support student entrepreneurs.