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27 March 2024

King's retains position as one of most targeted UK universities by employers

Graduates from King's College London are among the most sought by top employers, a study has found.

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TheGraduate Market in 2024’ report surveys 100 of the UK's largest graduate employers, gaining their views on the health of the graduate market alongside industry trends and intelligence.

This year, King's ranked 14th out of over 140 universities in the UK by these employers when asked which campuses they regularly engaged with to recruit.

The 100 firms surveyed are from a list compiled by The Times newspaper for its Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list and include Accenture, Apple, the BBC, Goldman Sachs, Google, IBM, Mars, Mercedes Benz, the NHS, Tesco, Unilever and the Civil Service.

Alongside welcoming over 500 employers to campus annually, King's is scaling up a range of work-based learning opportunities for key cohorts and recently launched King's Skills for the Future - a suite of digital learning that enables all students to reflect, track and evidence key skills such as negotiation, digital literacy, innovation, resilience and artificial intelligence development.

According to the most recent public Graduate Outcomes Survey (2020-21), over 90% of King's graduates are in highly-skilled employment and 87% agree their employment or further study is meaningful in progressing their career or skills, 15 months after completing their course.

It's fantastic that King's students and graduates remain keenly sought by top recruiters across the UK and that our Employer Engagement teams continue to develop increasingly diverse and productive partnerships with employers. King's has seen a steady rise in its ranking over a number of years in this survey, which is always more challenging for London-based universities, but it's testament to the continued knowledge, skills, attributes and experiences of our graduates that they remain strong hires.

Andrew Wright, Associate Director (Employer Engagement & Work-based Learning)

King’s Careers & Employability supports all King's students, recent graduates and researchers to build success for their future. Through integrated approaches to employability and supported by dedicated teams of careers professionals, we work to identify meaningful career paths for our graduates ensuring employers see the value in both a King's qualification and other strengths and activities.

The department contains a dedicated Employer Engagement function who develop partnerships with orgaisations across the world, sourcing opportunities and up-to-date labour market insights for students, alongside facilitating over 500 events annually, support for students on industry placement and Accredited Internships and other work-based learning opportunities such as business treks, virtual projects, Parliamentary Research Internships, consultancy and self-paced work experiences.

According to this year's report, compiled by High Fliers, the universities attrracing the most employers to their campuses are largely outside of London with Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds, Bristol, Warwick, UCL, Southampton, Durham, Exeter making the top ten.

Other leading London universities including Imperial College and Queen Mary, finished in 18th and 19th place respectively whilst LSE did not appear in the top 20. Cambridge placed 13th and Oxford 15th.

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Andrew Wright

Associate Director (Employer Engagement & Work-based Learning)