These 25 universities are the most attractive to graduate employers

The position of your uni in league tables doesn't necessarily link with how much it appeals to employers.

That is, according to this year's High Fliers report and research into The Graduate Market in 2017. Among many other factors, High Fliers looked at how the UK's leading graduate recruiters found graduate hires - including the universities they targeted during their campus recruitment campaigns. 

They found the most targeted university by Britain's top graduate employers wasn't Oxford or Cambridge. Instead, it was Warwick that took first place, directly followed by Manchester, Bristol, Cambrige and Leeds. 

You can do an undergraduate degree at over 140 institutions in the UK, so, naturally, employers have to focus their search and resources on just a few. On average, according to High Fliers, employers actively marketed their 2017 grad job vacancies at 20 UK universities. They use careers fairs, training events, university careers services, online advertising and social media to do so. 

What is perhaps surprising, though, is that graduate employers don't just follow the traditional league tables. The University of Bath, for example was the 10th most targeted institution by employers - but is ranked 36th by Times Higher Education in their 2017 league table.

 

 

Here are the 25 universities targeted by the largest number of top graduate employers in 2016-2017:

We've listed them with their 2017 Times Higher Education ranking for comparison. 

 

 

1. University of Warwick 

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 10

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2. University of Manchester

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 8

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3. University of Bristol 

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 9

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4. University of Cambridge 

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 2

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5. University of Leeds

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 20 

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6. University of Birmingham 

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 19

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7. University of Nottingham 

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 22

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8. University of Oxford

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 1

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9. Durham University 

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 12

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10. University of Bath

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 36

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11. University of Edinburgh 

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 6

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12. London School of Economics 

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 5

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13. Imperial College London

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 3

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14. University College London 

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 4

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15. University of Exeter

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 17

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16. University of Sheffield

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 13

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17. University of York 

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 18

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18. Loughborough University 

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 38

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19. Newcastle University

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 31

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20. King's College London 

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 7

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21. University of Southampton 

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 16

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22. Cardiff University 

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 29

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23. University of Glasgow

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 11

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24. University of Leicester 

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 26

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25. University of Liverpool 

Times Higher Education, Best universities in the UK 2017 ranking: 24

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