Oct 10 2013

Why did LSE fall in some league table employability rankings in this year?

LSE have frequently dominated the top spot for employability in the British university league tables. Last year, LSE was first in the Complete University Guide, 2nd in The Guardian and 3rd in the Sunday Times in this category. This year, LSE came 6th, 5th and 18th respectively.

So what happened? Have LSE graduates become less employable? Should our current students be worried?

The short answer is no.

There has been no significant change in the type of jobs that recent  LSE graduates have gone into or the number of LSE graduates in employment. The league tables use data from a national destinations survey (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education, or DLHE) which looks at whether graduate are working, studying or unemployed 6 months after graduation.

The methodology used to classify destinations changed this year. Standard Occupational Classifications (SOC) have traditionally been used to decide whether a job role is classed as graduate or non-graduate (ie whether the leaver is perceived to require a degree to do the job). This year the league tables  have moved away from ‘graduate level employment’ as a marker in favour of ‘professional’ employment.  This means that job roles in popular sectors such for LSE graduates such as the charity and development sector are no longer included in the ‘Graduate Prospects’ score.

This change in methodology has had a bigger impact at LSE than at other institutions owing to the subject mix (e.g. LSE has no Medical or Dental School) and the career aspirations of a large proportion of LSE students.

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4 Responses to Why did LSE fall in some league table employability rankings in this year?

  1. Usman Masood says:

    They should have a composite measure for employability where ‘professional’ jobs can be given a greater weight. Axing charity and development sector altogether is clearly wrong. Is the LSE doing something about it?

  2. anonymous says:

    How about telling us what the LSE will be doing to improve its league table position. I’m more interested in learning about how the school intends to get back rather than excuses for why it’s gone down.

  3. Lucy Burrows says:

    The change in classification has not had any impact on LSE’s overall league table rankings, which remain outstanding – just the employability rankings that are one of up to 10 factors newspapers look at the create the overall league table.

    LSE graduates continue to find an excellent level of employment. The change is in classification and it is a change at the highest level – it has been approved by HEFCE and used by BIS as well as newspapers. It is also welcomed by some other universities with a different academic focus to that at LSE as the reclassification works both ways. For example, more jobs in design and hospitality are now classed as graduate level, so other universities can benefit from the new system.

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