The University of Manchester is the most targeted university in the UK for top graduate employers, according to a new report from independent market research company, High Fliers Research.
Since employers don’t have the resources to visit and advertise with every university, they tend to prioritise just a few. As a result, the researchers looked at the institutions which attracted the largest number of leading graduate recruiters for campus fairs, recruitment presentations or other local university promotions during 2017-2018.
In ‘The Graduate Market in 2018’ report, Manchester came out top with organisations ranked in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers. These include the biggest names in the public and private sectors.
High Fliers have been researching graduate recruitment at UK universities since 1994. They also produce The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list annually. This version of the Graduate Market report also includes information about the wider graduate job market. It includes salaries and internships, and factors such as the impact of Brexit.
Tammy Goldfeld, Head of the Careers Service at The University of Manchester, enthused about the ‘good news’: “The Careers Service isn’t just about job fairs: we offer training, networking and volunteering opportunities that, combined with teaching, helps our students realise their potential and become attractive to employers.”
Meanwhile, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has joined mayors from across Britain calling for a system to attract international students. Mr Burnham has asked the government to make it simpler and more attractive for international students to study in Britain.
In an open letter printed in the Financial Times, Mr Burnham, highlighted the positive impact international students have on the UK.
According to research carried out by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), international students supported more than 200,000 jobs across Britain in 2014-15. They have a net economic benefit to the economy of more than £20bn.
Greater Manchester alone benefits to the tune of £852m.