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Warwick hailed as top target for graduate recruiters

The BBC headline from January 2015 "UK graduate recruitment prospects 'at 10-year high'" brings long awaited good news for graduates, current UG students and sixformers. Warwick has for many years been among the top ten British universities targeted by top employers for graduate recruitment.

'The Graduate Market in 2017' ranks Warwick first, ahead of Manchester, Bristol, Leeds, Cambridge, Birmingham, Leeds, Oxford and more. Warwick ranked 3rd in the for two consecutive years by the High Fliers reports 'The Graduate Market in 2016' and in 'The Graduate Market in 2015', after Manchester and Nottingham, ahead of Oxford and Cambridge. The previous year Warwick was ranked 7th in 'The Graduate Market in 2014', and 'The Graduate Market in 2013' states that large, high-profile UK employers are focusing on finding graduate recruits at a small handful of elite universities, headed by Warwick. According to the most recent report, 2015 marked the third consecutive year that employers’ graduate recruitment programmes have expanded, and this trend seems set to continue apace in 2016, with a 7.5% annual increase in graduate vacancies expected at the country’s leading employers, taking graduate recruitment to its highest-ever level.

Stephen Ward, Head of External Relations in Student Careers and Skills at Warwick, has commented that “Being ranked as number one is testament to both the hard work we have done in building strong relationships with these key employers and, of course, the high calibre of our students. As the majority of this group recruit from all degree disciplines and offer placements as well as graduate opportunities, this is great news for every Warwick student. However, I'm keen to point out that we are just as committed to applying the same careful approach in other employment sectors. Not every student sees their future in large corporate employers and it is essential that we give our students the best possible chance of getting the career they want – whether that be at international organisations, local businesses or charities.

The University has fared well in the past with a top ten placing in each of the previous five reports and leading the list for the first time is reflective of the investment being made in the future career paths of the students.

Within the Department of Statistics, we believe that the emphasis we put on the acquisition of key skills and development within your learning and teaching experience enhances your future career prospects. The official Unistats website shows how the most recent Warwick Statistics graduates have achieved great early success in the graduate labour market, with 75-100% being in professional jobs or postgraduate study within 6 months of graduation, and with typical salaries achieved by our graduates being substantially above average.

We are always keen to hear comments and feedback from our current students and recent graduates about any aspect of the design and delivery of your courses and how these relate to your on-going development and future ambitions.