|How the best companies to work for|
are IDed by the LinkedIn study.
But on the subject of producing top media careerists, Oxford ranks #2 after Leeds, says a study conducted for LinkedIn using their data.
What is special about Leeds?
My view about rankings is that they usually provide interesting information–either about
- the subject of the rankings or about
- the blindness of the rankers.
- Leeds and
- Oxford, the next five British universities (this is a British-based study) are:
- Cardiff and Nottingham, tied for third place;
- Durham, fifth;
- Bristol, sixth; and
- Cambridge, seventh.
The study authors start with identifying the most desirable companies, defined as companies in a profession that are the best at attracting and retaining talent in that profession. They define relevant graduates as those who end up working in that career, and have obtained their degrees within the past eight years. For each university and profession, they calculate the percentage of relevant graduates who have obtained desirable jobs. These percentages allow us to rank universities based on career outcomes across different professional areas.
It sounds reasonable. No obvious blindness. That gets us back to the question: Why does Leeds rank #1? Wouldn't Oxford's depth in languages, literature, communication put it in first place? Best answer I can offer is the Leeds media program web site. I was impressed. Everything in one place. Draws you in. If the proof of the pudding is in the eating, Leeds has a good meal ready.