Manchester students just the job, say firms

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STUDENTS WHO want to improve their chances of a job in business and management should head for Manchester or Warwick universities. For success in accountancy or banking, Manchester is again the place to be, followed by Warwick and Heriot-Watt.

That is the conclusion of a survey of 220 major companies which gave their views on 97 universities in 10 subject areas. For overall employability, the five top universities are Imperial College, London, Aston, Loughborough, Reading and Surrey.

The ratings, drawn up by the Performance Indicator Project, an independent statistical survey, are based on the number of employers who rank a course above average. The subjects covered are sciences, languages, computing and IT, engineering, construction and civil engineering, law, electrical engineering, business and management, social science and economics and finance, accountancy and banking.

Recruiters also rate some departments as below average. In business and management, the bottom universities, in alphabetical order, are Bangor, Buckingham, Central Lancashire, Derbyshire, East London, Lincolnshire and Humberside, Luton, North London and Wolverhampton.

Dr Cliff Pettifor, the project's director, said the survey should be treated with caution. "No university applicant should make or change a decision based on our evidence alone. They should know that their qualities and attainments matter to most recruiters. The university's negative ranking matters, even slightly, to very few," he said.