Tuesday 10th Mar 2020
Recently, we took a look at the best universities for aspiring business leaders from the north and south of England to create our own top 5 league tables of universities for those looking to go into business leader positions. We analysed the number of graduates from each university who started their own business, moved into senior positions to run established businesses, or became freelancers to figure out which universities had the highest rates of creating business leaders.
Following on from this, we decided to widen our scope and look at more regions from across the UK to see how other areas measured up, as well as which universities in other areas top the tables in regards to becoming business leaders.
Falling in between the north and south of England are the Midlands – an often overlooked area of the UK when debating the classic north/south divide, but one which offers a number of fantastic universities with great prospects for the aspiring entrepreneurs. Around 1 in 6 graduates (12.02%) from the University of Warwick go on to become business leaders in some capacity, topping the Midlands areas with a promising figure close to the North’s top business leader university, whilst sitting at the 9th place mark on the Guardian’s University League Table Guide. For those keen on building up their own business from the ground then the University of Derby is the place to be, ranked 97th in the UK but with the highest percentage (5.70%) of graduates starting their own business in the Midlands.
Moving over to Wales, the University of South Wales – coming in at 113th in the UK – actually came out as the top Welsh university for business leaders, with almost 1 in 10 graduates (9.53%) picking up a leading position within a business. However, Trinity Saint David has the highest percentage of freelancers (2.23%) coming out of their graduates, the 3rd highest out of all the universities we looked at across the UK – so if the freelancer lifestyle is something that appeals to you then this may be the place to be.
Up in Scotland, the top 5 universities we looked at all produced roughly 1 business leader out of every 10 graduates which is particularly promising if you were wanting to be closer to the highlands whilst studying. The University of St Andrews is ranked 3rd best in the whole country, so it’s unsurprising that it takes the top spot of the Scottish universities with 11.90% of graduates going on to become successful business leaders. If you were more interested in finding a senior position at an established company rather than starting your own business or freelance job, then Heriot-Watt University may be one to look into with the highest percentage of graduates (5.39%) in our Scottish table finding management roles at the top of established businesses – just outside of the top 5 for this nationally.
Finally, over the North Channel in Northern Ireland, Ulster University takes the number one spot of the Northern Irish universities which produce the highest rate (8.53%) of business leaders. There are only a handful of universities in Northern Ireland, but Queen’s University Belfast still produce an ample amount of business leaders on average from their graduates (7.49%).
So, no matter where you might study in the UK, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to finding universities which educate future business leaders and give them the tools to succeed in the wider world of work.
HCIF commissioned this study involving 9,544,010 former university students in the UK. This was obtained by using LinkedIn data of all the students with the university on their profile, who have job titles associated with starting or running a business.