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Manchester students remain 'most wanted' by employers

29 Jan 2007

The University of Manchester has retained its place as the most targeted university by the UK's top 100 graduate employers, according to a new survey.

University of Manchester students are being targeted by more top recruiters for 2007 graduate vacancies than any other UK university students, according to High Fliers Research Limited's survey, 'The Graduate Market in 2007'. The survey questioned employers listed in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2006, which includes a range of both private and public sector employers.

Jane Ratchford, Director of the University's Manchester Leadership Programme (MLP), Careers & Employability Division, said: "The University of Manchester is firmly committed to improving the employability of its students and graduates. We work with graduate recruiters across the globe to develop and manage a variety of projects and events, all dedicated to equipping students with key career management skills and knowledge vital for future success.

"The results of this survey demonstrate the enduring excellent reputation which Manchester graduates enjoy with employers."

The news comes as the latest Universities Central Admissions Service (UCAS) statistics reveal that the University is also the most popular in the country amongst university applicants, receiving 62,657 applications to its undergraduate courses for 2006 entry.

The MLP, Careers & Employability Division consistently maintains an excellent reputation amongst graduate recruiters. It has been voted the best higher education careers service in the country for four years running in the annual Association of Graduate Recruiters/ Barkers National Graduate Media Audit.

Notes to Editors
1. A complete list of The Times Top 100 Employers is available online at

2. Jane Ratchford, Director of the Manchester Leadership Programme, Careers & Employability Division, The University of Manchester, is available for interview on request.

3. For further information on the Manchester Leadership Programme, Careers & Employability Division, visit:

ContactRowena Forbes, Marketing & Communications Executive
MLP, Careers & Employability Division, The University of Manchester
0161 275 2828 /