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UCL retains place in global top 20 for job outcomes

11 September 2018

UCL has once again been ranked among the top 20 universities in the world for the employability of its graduates in the latest QS global rankings of 660 institutions.

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The university is ranked 18th in the world, placing it in the top 4% of institutions worldwide. Just two other UK universities (Oxford and Cambridge) have made it into the global top 20 alongside UCL.

The 2019 QS Employability Rankings, published today, compare globally the employability outcomes of higher education institutions.

The findings assess university success in four areas: how reputed they are among employers; whether institutions nurture high-achievers; how connected they are to companies; and how attractive a university's recent graduates are to employers.

The QS Employability Rankings are produced in partnership with the Institute of Student Recruiters. They also reveal the latest insight into the most prominent skills gaps worldwide, as well as how different recruitment priorities affect employer satisfaction, examining the role universities play in preparing graduates for the labour market.

UCL performed particularly highly on employer reputation with a score of 97.3 out of 100 - ranking it 1st in the UK on this measure. This is based on over 40,000 responses to the QS Employer Survey which asks employers to identify those institutions from which they source the most competent, innovative and effective graduates.

The university also performed well on alumni outcomes, coming 3rd in the UK. The alumni ratings were reached by analysing the outcomes of 39,000 of the world's most innovative, creative, wealthy, entrepreneurial and/or philanthropic individuals to establish which universities are producing world-changing graduates.

Karen Barnard, Director of UCL Careers, said: "It is fantastic to see that UCL has retained its place in the top 20 universities worldwide. When future employment and employability is so prominent on many students' agendas, it is positive to see that UCL's reputation with employers remains so high."


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