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HEi-think: Reasons to be worried about the future of graduate employment

New figures suggest that more graduates are finding employment or going on to further study. But there are trends within the statistics that raise questions about the direction of the graduate labour market and that could cause concern for the future, warns Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters .

HEi-think: HE needs practical tools to navigate turbulent times

As UK higher education enters a period of unprecedented change and uncertainty, Tony Strike, University Secretary and Director of Strategy at the University of Sheffield, says that more than ever before universities need reliable practical tools to guide them through the challenges they face.

UK universities shine in new world subject rankings

British universities have secured 14 per cent of all top 50 spots available across 36 disciplines in newly published world rankings.

The performance of the 79 UK institutions featured in this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject secured them overall silver medal position, bettered only by universities in the United States.

Of the 927 placements achieved by UK institutions this year, 16.1 per cent are new entries, 18.3 per cent have improved on their 2014 performance, and 35.9 per cent have maintained the same position. Nevertheless, 29.7 per cent have lost ground – albeit in some instances only minimally.

Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) take the lion’s share of top places, leading in 21 subjects between them. However, UK universities have improved their positions overall, with six separate institutions leading in at least one subject.

John O’Leary  member of the QS  Global Academic Advisory Board said: “ UK universities show up well in virtually all the subjects - Oxford boasts the best performance as the only university to lead in more than one subject, but specialist providers like the Royal College of Art and University College London's Institute of Education are also shown to be  world-leaders.”

The University of Cambridge ranks among the top ten in 31 disciplines while the University of Oxford and Stanford University follow with 29. Harvard makes the top ten in 28 subjects, University of California, Berkeley in 26 and MIT in 19. They are followed by London School of Economics with 11, Princeton and UCLA with ten each, Yale (9) Imperial College (8), UCL (6) Caltech and Columbia University (5).

The expert opinion of 85,062 academics and 41,910 employers informed the results, alongside the analysis of 17.3 million research papers and over 100 million citations.


 

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