In 2012/13 AGCAS was part of a research collaboration with the Association of Graduate Recruiters(AGR) funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) looking to help the Government implement a range of Wilson recommendations on diversity in graduate recruitment and to raise awareness of the Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR).
AGCAS lead on the graduate research project which provided students, parents, careers advisers and employers with an in-depth insight into how young people from a variety of social and economic backgrounds made the transition to the graduate job market.
Prior to that work relatively little was known about the impact of social and cultural factors in the transition to graduate job markets. While the importance of work experience, internships, access to key networks and the influence of parents (and other third parties) was generally acknowledged, much of this knowledge was under-theorised and suffered from a lack of hard data. This project overcame this deficiency.
This was accomplished through the collection of the case studies and discussions with focus groups and resulted in a report into student transitions to the graduate job.