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The University of Birmingham has been named the most targeted university by the UK’s top 100 graduate employers, according to The Graduate Market in 2021.

The survey, conducted during December 2020, assessed the impact that the Coronavirus pandemic had on graduate recruitment in 2020 and looked ahead to how many vacancies are available for new graduates in 2021.

The Graduate Market in 2021 is an independent annual review of graduate vacancies and starting salaries at the UK’s one hundred best-known and most successful employers. The survey is carried out by High Flyers Research.

This accolade comes after Birmingham maintained its UK Top 15 place (13th) in the Complete University Guide League Tables, whilst the University moved up one place to 13th among UK universities featuring in QS World University Rankings during 2020,

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The University is also classed as a Top 100 institution by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) – which rates Birmingham 78th out of 20,000 global universities and eighth in the UK in its 2020-21 rankings as well.

Etta Parkes-Firth, Director of Careers & Employability at the University of Birmingham said: “For the University of Birmingham to achieve number one as most targeted University by UK’s top graduate employers shows our students can be confident that they are joining a university with exceptional links to a wide range of industries. This is particularly important in a competitive job market, and even more so in light of Coronavirus.

“Top employers know our graduates are exceptional, and are ready for the world of work, with Careers Network providing support to students and recent graduates at every step of the way.”

High Fliers Research is an independent market research company which specialises in student and graduate research. The company also produces The UK Graduate Careers Survey, a comprehensive annual study of over 20,000 final year undergraduates at thirty-four leading universities, which is supported and funded by up to 75 national and international employers each year.

The ten universities targeted by the largest number of top graduate employers in 2020-2021 are Birmingham, Manchester, University College London, Nottingham, Leeds, Warwick, Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London.

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