London School of Economics & Political Science is the BEST University to attend for a career in world-leading companies   


New research has discovered that London School of Economics & Political Science is the best University to attend in order to work at some of the world’s leading companies. 

Research by international education provider analysed LinkedIn data to discover the number of alumni from the 24 Russell Group universities who are now working at the world’s most prestigious companies.  

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) is at the top of the list. More than 240,000 people list themselves as alumni of the university on LinkedIn, and 7.33% of those state on their profile that they work at the companies included in the analysis – the UK’s 50 biggest companies by revenue, and the Top 60 World’s Most Attractive Employers.  

Second on the list is the University of Warwick, with 6.3% of its graduates currently employed by major companies such as Google, Deloitte and Unilever.  

Imperial College London is the Russell Group university with the third-highest percentage of alumni working at top employers. In total 6.27% of people with a degree from the university are now working at the prestigious businesses.    

Durham University places fourth on the list thanks to 5.97% of its alumni being employed by top companies, while the University of Nottingham is fifth, with 4.79%.   

LSE is the best Russell Group university to attend for students who want to work in the financial sector. It has 2,442 alumni working in the financial sector at some of the world’s top companies including, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America.  

In addition, LSE also takes the lead in producing the Russell Group’s highest percentage of graduates who are currently working at Google – in total 387 alumni list the internet giant as their employer on LinkedIn. 

Deloitte was ranked seventh on the Fortune Best Big Companies to work for in 2021, and the company is the most common destination for Russell Group alumni. Compared to all the companies on the list, Deloitte employs the highest percentage of graduates from 22 of the 24 universities. There are currently 1,546 LSE alumni employed at Deloitte – the highest percentage on the list, followed by Durham University in second.  

For those students inspired by AstraZeneca’s pioneering vaccine response, the University of Manchester offers a promising path – it has 529 alumni working for the pharmaceutical multinational, the highest percentage of any university on the list.   

Imperial College London is the Russell Group University which has produced the highest percentage of alumni currently working at Microsoft, with 233 graduates there. 

William Humphreys, CEO & Founder, Oxford Royale Academy (ORA) commented on the findings: “It is fascinating to see the path that graduates of top universities are most likely to take in their careers. Earning a place at a Russell Group institution is a challenge, and it doesn’t stop there once students are graduating and finding their way in the working world. Therefore, planning and preparing for professional life is key to giving a student the best chance.”