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Nottingham University is the number one target for graduate employers

The UK’s top investment banks, law firms and consultancies have cited The University of Nottingham as the best university for finding graduate recruits. 

According to the latest study by High Fliers Research, the University is the number one choice among the UK’s top graduate employers. 

The report is based on research conducted during December 2013 with the UK's 100 leading graduate employers including BP, the Civil Service, IBM, Goldman Sachs, PwC, Google and HSBC. 

Top choice for graduate employers 

The University of Nottingham was targeted by the largest number of top employers in 2013-14; Cambridge University was the third most-targeted, and Oxford fourth.   

According to High Fliers Research, the majority of the UK's top 100 graduate employers will target students at 18 or fewer universities, with more than a quarter of employers having increased their graduate recruitment budgets for the 2013-2014 recruitment round, the highest proportion for three years. 

Dr. Paul Greatrix, Registrar, said: “This is terrific news for our students and alumni – it confirms that The University of Nottingham is delivering the global graduates that employers are looking for. 

“It reflects continuing investment in the student experience at Nottingham, and the focus we have on providing the best possible support for students as they prepare for a challenging job market. It’s also a testament to the fantastic work of our academic staff and professional services, and the calibre of our students.” 

Career development

The University of Nottingham encourages and supports students to ensure they have a full-rounded experience whilst studying, which includes participating in work placements. This includes the Nottingham Advantage Award, which enables students to take extra-curricular modules alongside their academic studies, which build skills and experience in areas such as PR, finance and career planning through activities with the University’s Careers and Employablity Service, Widening Participation and the Students’ Union. 

Nalayini Thambar, Director of the Careers and Employability Service at The University of Nottingham said: “I am absolutely delighted that The University of Nottingham is the most targeted university by top graduate employers. This reflects our excellent working relationships with graduate recruiters across all sectors and the outstanding opportunities that Nottingham students have to meet prospective employers.” 

Established in 1994, High Fliers Research is an independent market research company which specialises in student and graduate research. It has worked with more than 125 leading employers to measure the impact of their graduate recruitment campaigns on campus and help them understand their position in the graduate job market. 

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More information is available from Charlotte Anscombe, Media Relations & Campaign Manager, The University of Nottingham, UK on +44(0)115 74 84 417, or Josephine Dionisappu, PR & Communications Manager, The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus on + 6 (03) 8924 87476,

Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 42,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with campuses in China and Malaysia modelled on a headquarters that is among the most attractive in Britain’ (Times Good University Guide 2014). It is also the most popular university in the UK among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the World's Top 75 universities by the QS World University Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University aims to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy &sustainability, and health. The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its research into global food security.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fundraising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. 

Posted on 21st January 2014

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