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Huddersfield's GEMS - winner of top AGCAS award

The Graduate Employment-Market Statistics (GEMS) software package is an innovative and widely-used method of disseminating information from the annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE) to universities' key stakeholders including senior management, academic staff, careers researchers, graduates and current and prospective students. It was developed by the Careers Service at the University of Huddersfield in collaboration with academics and senior managers and with careers services nationally.

All HE institutions in the UK undertake the annual DLHE survey, which is overseen by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) to discover what recent graduates go on to do in terms of work and/or further study. This survey is one of the largest annual surveys in the world and has around 350,000 responses each year.

Many institutions are keen to make more use of the rich and detailed data collected in order to identify trends and better understand the graduate labour market. GEMS is a web-based package, which makes analysis easy. The software breaks down the data by academic schools, subjects and courses as well as cross-referencing survey results so it is possible, for example, to view starting salaries in a particular industry or even view the resulting employment locations on a map.

Evidence of effectiveness and success

Eleven institutions have now licensed GEMS from the University of Huddersfield and are contributing to the development of the product.

"For the Careers Service some of the main benefits GEMS provides are the ability to produce in-depth analyses on all key areas of the DLHE return, eg graduate and non-graduate employment, salary and employers, and the facility to produce data at course, department, faculty and institutional levels allowing for useful comparisons across the institution."

• Winner - AGCAS 2011 Awards for Excellence: Overall Winner and Technology. It also won the Times Higher Education ICT Initiative of the Year award.

AGCAS Technology Award Sponsored by JobSavviGrad


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Created on: 17 November 2011

Last updated: 06 January 2012

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