Oxbridge take top places in Guardian university rankings for law, while QMU is placed third

The Guardian University Guide has ranked Cambridge and Oxford as first and second in the country for law, with Queen Mary University ranked third.

The guide’s rankings of 97 institutions is calculated via eight categories, including teaching quality, staff to student ratios, UCAS scores of current students and what proportion of students are in graduate level employment or further education after six months of graduating.

The fourth and fifth places went to University College London and the London School of Economics.

The last five placed universities were Bradford, Bedfordshire, West of Scotland, West London and Southampton Solent. Bedfordshire and West of Scotland also scored the most poorly on employment statistics, with only 38 per cent of students going on to graduate jobs or further study in the six months following graduation.

The top ranked university for employment was the University of Buckingham, with 93 per cent of student securing graduate employment or further study within six months. The institution was ranked 62nd overall.

This statistic mirrors the picture last year, when Glasgow and Buckingham graduates were found to have better employment prospects than those from higher-ranking institutions. (7 June 2013). However, although the Guardian league table only counts graduate jobs within its employment statistics, it does not measure what type of graduate job former students entered, making it impossible to gain true insight into career prospects.

The next-best ranked institutions for employment were Glasgow, Oxford and Durham, at which 89 per cent of students went on to further study or graduate employment.

Many Russell Group universities were ranked relatively low within the table. Warwick came in at 19, Manchester was placed 26th, Leeds 30th, Bristol 33rd, Liverpool 38th and Sussex 42nd. By contrast, the University of the West of England was placed one above its Bristol neighbour in 32nd, while all positions between 12 and 18 went to non-Russell Group institutions.