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New HEPI report explores focus on getting graduates into professional jobs


A new report from the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), Getting on: graduate employment and its influence on UK higher education (HEPI Report 126), explores the recent focus by policymakers, students and employers on getting graduates into professional jobs.

The paper digs into the related policy changes, including the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework, the new Graduate Outcomes survey and the tracking of graduate salaries through the Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset and how these have changed the way universities operate.
The report includes analysis of a new survey of Heads of Careers Services, conducted by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, which finds:



The report also contains qualitative analysis of the views of careers services, including how they, their university and students classify a successful outcome from university.

Rachel Hewitt, Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute and author of the report, said: 

"Policy changes in recent years have led to employability being a mainstream activity across all universities, rather than the specialism of a few. While some may rail against the ‘employability agenda’, it is clear that universities are now better serving the interests of their students by supporting them through their transition into the workplace."

I am delighted to have written the foreword to this timely piece of work from Hepi and AGCAS. Much has been written and discussed about the impact of the "employability agenda" on UK Higher Education, but this is the first substantial report to look at this key issue from the perspective of Higher Education Careers Services, the professionals at the heart of the sectors' efforts in this area. 

Bob Gilworth – Director, The Careers Group.