Course doesn't matter, only the university does?

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GloriaHotcakes Sun 13-Sep-15 20:01:45

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LIZS Sun 13-Sep-15 20:03:27

Depends on the subject and the age of those recruiting.

Pico2 Sun 13-Sep-15 20:06:04

I'm trying to work out what the other 3 would be as there are lots of good universities. It must depend on the subject.

FunkyPeacock Sun 13-Sep-15 20:07:58

I don't agree with your assumption as for certain professions then the course is very important! (more so than the University)

But to answer your question then I suppose Durham, Warwick & possibly Manchester?

GloriaHotcakes Sun 13-Sep-15 20:09:54

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AnyoneButAndre Sun 13-Sep-15 20:11:53

It very much does depend on the course / uni combination.
Imperial is the only other non-Oxbridge UK institution in the THES world rankings (other rankings are available) but that's not a lot of use if you want to do English Literature.

AnyoneButAndre Sun 13-Sep-15 20:12:50

That should say in the top 10 of the world rankings, there are a few others in the top 50.

Pico2 Sun 13-Sep-15 20:18:01

LSE is very well regarded, but obviously doesn't offer a full range of subjects. Others that come to mind: Edinburgh, Warwick (particularly for maths), York, Imperial, Durham.

littleducks Sun 13-Sep-15 20:19:06

Definately depends on the profession. Lots of unis have a subject they teach really well and are well regarded, although in other areas they might not be seen to be in the top of the league.

AyeAmarok Sun 13-Sep-15 20:19:38

Depends on the course, usually.

There are universities that are brilliant for most things, I'd put Durham, Imperial and St Andrews up there.

Pico2 Sun 13-Sep-15 20:19:44

I missed out a load of London ones too.

JeanneDeMontbaston Sun 13-Sep-15 20:29:45

No, not true, course plus university is what matters (plus result).

Different employers look for different things, but this is true of courses and universities.

GloriaHotcakes Sun 13-Sep-15 21:16:34

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2rebecca Sun 13-Sep-15 22:15:00

For some courses like engineering Oxford isn't rated that highly and more technical unis do well, and for medicine the uni isn't that important the course is. My step kids did arts subjects (one is at a conservatoire so not Oxbridge/ Russell group either) and were very subject specific.
I find this a silly idea.

hellsbells99 Sun 13-Sep-15 22:21:21

I think the course is the most important! And then you look for which 5 universities will suit you - campus or City, location (do you want to live there for 3/4 years?), gut feeling etc.

ZenNudist Sun 13-Sep-15 22:31:46

IME for big 4 accounting firm and latterly mid tier interviewing etc we used to (15 years ago when I joined) recruit from all disciplines and now almost exclusively from economics/business/accounting/maths and physics degrees. Institution not important but more focus on Russell group not former polys.

Wouldn't even consider a 2:2 candidate.

I'd say we are most interested in this order: course, result, work experience and then university.

CityDweller Mon 14-Sep-15 19:44:54

It completely depends on what you want to do in life. I have a mediocre degree from Oxbridge, and it's held me in good stead. But I graduated 20 million years ago, and the world of employment and recruitment has changed a lot since then.

Headofthehive55 Mon 14-Sep-15 20:47:49

Course. The Sutton trust did a very good piece of research which showed that by far the course determined your income level.

The uni really didn't give much of a premium. In fact when they accounted for a level results and other factors the unis were fairly equal.

BikeRunSki Mon 14-Sep-15 20:49:59

Totally depends on the course. In my field several are accredited to the Professional Body, and they are far more highly recognised by employers.

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g Mon 14-Sep-15 20:52:47

The four UK universities that appear most consistently in the world top university rankings are Cambridge, Imperial, Oxford and UCL. LSE is obviously excellent in its own field but is very specialist. There's quite a big gap between that top four and the rest. The next two currently are Edinburgh and KCL (if you go by the QS and THES rankings).

SirChenjin Mon 14-Sep-15 20:56:16

Depends on the profession and the course. I didn't hire someone from Cambridge because someone else from one of the 'lesser' (hate that phrase) universities had far more to offer me, our team and the organisation.

GloriaHotcakes Mon 14-Sep-15 21:40:36

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GloriaHotcakes Mon 14-Sep-15 21:41:38

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titchy Tue 15-Sep-15 08:01:18

2 Harvard
3 Cambridge
4 Stanford
5 Caltech

QS world rankings just published!

SirChenjin Tue 15-Sep-15 08:06:06

No, not at all. I'm more interested in what they've done since they graduated. I would imagine that banking and big law firms in London probably do focus on certain universities, but there is a big wide world outwith those sectors who think more creatively.

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