Exeter features amongst top institutions for graduate employers

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Seventeen subjects at the University of Exeter are positioned in the world’s top 100 – with 10 in the top 50 – in the latest QS World University Subject Rankings.

The University of Exeter has featured in a list of the most targeted institutions by top graduate employers.

Exeter is listed 10th most targeted university nationwide by the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers, published in ‘The Graduate Market 2024’.

Compiled by independent research company High Fliers,  the list ranks UK universities most targeted by leading UK national and multi-national graduate employers. Informing university-targeting decisions made by employers, High Fliers conduct campus-based surveys among finalists to collate student career planning and job hunting behaviours on behalf of graduate recruiters. Analysis includes engagement by students with: their University career services; university careers fairs; on-campus and virtual employer presentations; careers service promotions and initiatives and other locally-run publicity during 2023-2024.

Paul Blackmore, Divisional Head for Student Employability & Academic Success (SEAS) said: “This is fantastic news not only for the University, but most importantly for our students.  It is a significant milestone in our increasing attraction to top graduate employers, as well as indicating how well we support students in pursuing their career choices.

The report highlighted many of our services as part of the positioning, including levels of student engagement in extra-curricular activities, levels of skills acquisition, attendance of careers events, and applications to employers and progress with job offers.

It is therefore great recognition for our colleagues in Student Employability and Academic Success in delivering such engaging, supportive and instructive help and advice.”

The report forecasts improvements in the level of graduate vacancies available in 2024, which are expected to increase by 1.5%. Graduate vacancies are set to increase significantly with engineering and industrial employers, with extra opportunities for graduates available in the public sector.