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Careers & employability

We are one of the world’s top 150 institutions for employability. Our Careers and Employability team help you access:

Our employability rankings

Top 150 in the World's best institutions for employability*
Top 20 in the UK's best institutions for employability**
Top 20 UK universities targeted by top 100 graduate recruiters***
Top 25 UK universities for graduate prospects****

Discover new development opportunities

We encourage and support our students to take on new challenges for personal development. Our support and initiatives are all designed to help you make a social or global impact in whatever you choose to do.

Discover new interests and take opportunities to do what you love, achieve more and develop the skills that employer’s value.


Student enterprise and entrepreneurship

We can support you in many ways, such as how to effectively build your own business, develop entrepreneurial solutions to help solve social problems, and explore your enterprising ideas.

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Studying abroad

Boost your career opportunities by undertaking a placement overseas as part of your University course and experience a different educational, social, and cultural life.

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“Try everything. If you don’t know what you want to do after graduating take short summer internships between years, you earn money and get out of your overdraft, whilst also being able to learn and develop new skills and get a better understanding of what it is you would like to do after graduating – it’s a win/win.”

Michael Sansoni

Graduate employers

Some of the biggest graduate employers have partnered with us in order to recruit our students. We help you to build connections with these organisations by:

  • attending employer events on campus
  • visiting careers fairs
  • taking placements and work experience

Partner companies

Examples of companies that have partnered or work with us include:

  • Amazon
  • Air Bus
  • Babcock International
  • Bentley Motors
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • Factset
  • Grosvenor Britian & Ireland
  • IBM
  • Mayflower Theatre
  • MoD
  • NHS
  • Ordance Survey
  • PwC
  • Rolls-Royce


The Career Mentoring programme aims to match you with a professional who can assist you with a variety of aspects relating to developing your career, including: career planning; building professional skills eg interview technique, building confidence; and developing a professional network.

Your mentoring relationship is flexible and negotiated to fit in with both your and your mentor’s work/study/life balance. Some of the key companies who mentor students under our programme include IBM, Coffin Mew Solicitors, BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin.
To find out more about mentoring, including how to apply, please visit the Mentoring website.

* QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2017

** QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2017

*** Graduate Market in 2016

**** Complete University Guide 2016

Careers and Employability

Careers and Employability

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you at every stage of your career journey at university and after you graduate.

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