According to the Complete University Guide, an independently published and trusted ranking, LSE has broken the ranks of Oxbridge to be named as the #2 university in the U.K.
A decline in the job prospects of Oxford's graduates contributed to its slide from second place in last year's table. The prospects of Cambridge leavers suffered a lesser fall while the LSE, which concentrates on a narrower range of subjects, bucked the recession by increasing graduate employment rates.It is the first time in the 15-year history of the tables, which rank universities on a range of measures including research quality, entry standards, staff-to-student ratios and job prospects, Oxford has been beaten by the LSE.
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It seems that LSE's rise in the rankings is due to the high employment rate of its graduates.
Across all universities in the list, 63.7 per cent of leavers from the class of 2010 were working in graduate-level jobs or taking further qualifications six months after graduating. In contrast, the LSE boasted the highest employment rate, with 87.8 per cent of graduates in good jobs or further study six months later - up from 84.1 per cent last year.