Some firms won’t employee you unless you went to any of these universities

Students from the top 24 UK universities are more likely to get jobs straight after graduating

Leading companies use a ‘tick-box system’ to filter grad applications by their university’s ranking in the league table, research has suggested.

A survey for graduate recruiter Milkround found students from the top 24 UK universities are more likely to find work immediately after completing their studies than those from other universities.

Milkround surveyed 1,500 new graduates and found four-fifths of Russell Group graduates entered full-time work within weeks of leaving university, compared with two-thirds of those from other institutions.

The Russell Group is made up of 24 leading universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, University College London and Bristol.

The research suggested university ranking was valued above all other factors including work experience.

Graduates from top universities like Cambridge are automatically favoired by prospective employers (Picture: iStockphoto)

The top 24 Russel Group Universities

University of Birmingham
University of Bristol
University of Cambridge
Cardiff University
Durham University
University of Edinburgh
University of Exeter
University of Glasgow
Imperial College London
King’s College London
University of Leeds
University of Liverpool
London School of Economics and Political Science
University of Manchester
Newcastle University
University of Nottingham
University of Oxford
Queen Mary University of London
Queen’s University Belfast
University of Sheffield
University of Southampton
University College London
University of Warwick
University of York

Georgina Brazier, a graduate jobs expert at Milkround, urged employers to take a more balanced approach, rather than taking ‘tick-box exercises such as filtering candidates by university league tables’.

She said: ‘While there’s no doubt that many students dream of attending reputationally prestigious universities such as Oxford or Cambridge, most graduates are left with the same level of debt or student loans (and same tuition fees) regardless of what university they attended’.

‘The investment students make to attend university and gain their degree is substantial and whilst academic success should be applauded, some graduates feel the return on investment when entering the workplace should be fairer.’

Employers are being urged to take a more balanced approach to hire graduates (Picture: Getty Images)

Milkround has helped students and graduates connect with leading employers for decades.

A separate poll of 7,000 students found a significant minority wanted recruitment to be carried out ‘blind’, the BBC reports.

Blind recruitment is designed to create a fairer application process.

It means nothing to do with the candidates’ gender or socio-economic background is on the application.

A number of high profile firms already use name blind application processes, such as Deloite, KPMG and the civil service.


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