Probably yes, but I'm not talking about submitting a CV/resume. I'm talking about the online application forms that ask a multitude of competency questions as well as your personal details. They will almost all ask "what degree classification do you have or are expecting?" and if your answer isn't either "an upper second class honours or a first class honours" then the software automatically filters out your application. This is true in about ~80% of graduate employers, according to a BBC survey. So it's easy to see why the universities that give the highest proportion of their graduates the magical 2i tend to have the highest graduate employment rate.If your school has a good relationship with HR, your resume goes directly from the university into the system, and bypasses the autofilter. Most resumes that get submitted to a company go into this database that no one reads, and having a person from the school talking to the company makes sure that doesn't happen.
Also having "agents" from the school to the company helps you a lot. If someone from the University of Waterloo calls me with a stack of resumes, I'll be polite, but I can't and likely won't make any extraordinary efforts to make sure that those resumes get anywhere because I don't have any particular connection with that school. It's likely to be #50 on my TODO list which means that it's not going to get done.
If someone from MIT or University of Texas at Austin calls me up, I'll make some extra efforts to make sure that those resumes get to the right person, because I owe them, and they'll make me feel guilty until I do something. It's likely to be #3 on my TODO list which means it is going to get done.
It also works the other way. If I say that the University of Waterloo is totally incompetent at placing engineers (this is a hypothetical, I really don't know), then no one there is likely to take anything I say seriously and the reaction is likely to be "mind your own business." If I make some sharp criticisms of MIT or UT Austin, it's likely to be taken a lot more seriously, and "mind your own business" is not going to be a counterargument.
It's also not usually how people get hired here.Not sure how things work in the UK, but that's *not* how schools in the US get their people hired.
It's important to note that Kingston University is in London, and thus his views are likely to be heavily biased based on what goes on in industries like consultancy and investment banking. Now there are one or two industries that will hire a fraction of a percent of the year's graduates will treat you like royalty if you have an elitist university name on your CV. But they are predominantly located in London and in the financial services sector, a large employer of engineers (and other numerical based degrees).
If we're not talking about one of the very few elitist careers then I don't see why not.If.....