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ERIC Number: ED536557
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-9
Pages: 81
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-8403-6239-8
Changes in Student Choices and Graduate Employment
Universities UK
This report provides an comprehensive analysis of the way recession is impacting upon graduate outcomes. Data used in this report reflects the current level of applications to higher education (HE) for 2010 entry, but, due to data collection timing differences, the employment and training destinations of the graduating cohorts of 2005/06-2008/09. Data for the employment and training destinations of the 2008/09 graduating cohort became available in July 2010, making them relevant to this analysis. There is evidence that the emergence and experience of the recession is having an impact upon student choice and take up of subjects. However, this impact is not universal across all subject disciplines. The level of applications to subjects may provide a more accurate reflection of met (and unmet) demand for HE than enrolments, because the former appears to be sensitive to changes in the employment market but the latter is regulated at institutional and/or policy level. Knowledge of employment outcomes may be affecting subject choice, which suggests that information about the employment of graduates and graduate-level jobs is reaching applicants. However, whilst information is available, there is evidence that prospective students may not look for it. How to ensure that information is available and readily interpreted remains a challenge. Appended are: (1) Percentage of UK employment six months after graduating by broad subject discipline; (2) Change in graduate first destination outcomes 2005/06-2008/09 by broad subject discipline; (3) Numbers of graduates employed between 2005/06-2008/09 by occupation; and (4) Work placement provision in higher education: exploring recent changes in supply and demand. (Contains 58 figures, 9 tables, and 8 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Universities UK (England)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom