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New university guide reveals who has highest graduate employment rate

Published: Thursday, 02 June 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The prestigious Oxbridge universities have fallen behind Imperial College London when it comes to graduate employment rates, according to the Guardian’s University Guide for 2017.

The two elite institutions, University of Cambridge and University of Oxford, traditionally take the top spots when it comes to rankings but have been ousted by the London-based university.

Cambridge and Oxford came in second and third this year respectively. Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen is the only non-English university in the top ten, finishing seventh, which is based on the percentage of graduates who find graduate-level jobs, or are studying further, within six months of graduation.

The principal of the Scottish university, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, believes the table highlights the strong work from staff to ensure that there is a high-quality educational agenda.

The University of Birmingham finished fourth, followed by University of Bath and King’s College London. The University of Sussex, Durham University and Lancaster University completed the top ten.

Focus on the table

Whilst many university league tables focus on research score, this guide in particular focuses on what the education institutions can do for the students.

An expert review group of professionals from UK universities was used when compiling the results and they met regularly to monitor changes in subject areas and the way the data was collected. This helped to ensure the results were as accurate as they could be.

The rankings are based on official data collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and on the National Student Survey.

University success

Imperial College London has seen significant investment recently; the university purchased the former BBC Woodlands site for £28 million to construct the Research and Translation Hub at White City Campus.

Work is due to begin on building Imperial’s White City Campus this month (May 2016), which includes a residential town to provide 192 new homes, including 59 earmarked for Imperial key workers at below market rents.

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