When banks in the UK want students for their technology analyst programmes in the UK, where do they turn? Not, seemingly, to exactly the same universities they recruit their front office analysts from. An analysis of the top universities for technology jobs at banks in the UK reveals several of banks' all-time favourite universities on the top ten list, and some huge surprises.
We looked at 5,000 CVs of technologists with between one and five years' experience in our database. They revealed that while banks hire the most technologists from Cambridge University and London's Imperial College, they also recruit heavily from the likes of Brunel University, Manchester University and Queen Mary University in London.
The inclusion of Cambridge and Imperial is no surprise - both run the top computing courses in the UK according to the Complete University Guide. Similarly, Goldman Sachs is running its new technology apprenticeship programme in conjunction with Queen Mary University, which clearly has links to finance.
Brunel University in particular looks like an anomaly though. Its computing faculty ranks 45th according to the Complete University Guide and it's not a big name, so what makes banks hire there? It may have something to do with a financial computing course run by Brunel in the past, or the fact that Brunel is on the outskirts of London and its students take years out for work experience at the likes of Deutsche Bank, HSBC, and Morgan Stanley.