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Getting on: graduate employment and its influence on UK higher education

  • 5 March 2020
  • By Rachel Hewitt
  • HEPI number 126

In recent years there has been an increased focus on students’ transitions out of university and into the workplace. Policy changes have included the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework, the new Graduate Outcomes survey and the tracking of graduate salaries through the Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset. This report examines what has driven these changes, including the influence of policymakers, students and employers.

The report includes analysis from a new survey of heads of careers services across the UK, which looks at the impact these changes have had on the way universities operate. The results show an increased demand on careers services from both students and senior management, with employability becoming increasingly embedded within university policy.


  1. Transitioning from university to the workplace can be a daunting experience, and it’s reassuring to see that policymakers are taking it seriously. I remember relying heavily on my university’s careers services for guidance and support, and it’s great to see that they are recognized as crucial in this report. Knowing that employability is a priority for universities gives me confidence in the education I received and the prospects that lie ahead.

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    Rachel Hewitt sheds light on a pressing concern in higher education: the transition of students into the workforce. As a recent graduate myself, navigating this transition has been daunting, but understanding the policy changes and increased focus on employability helps contextualize the challenges. The insights from the survey of career services highlight the growing importance of universities in preparing students for the job market, reflecting my own experiences seeking guidance and support in this journey.

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