AGCAS contributes to national, regional and individual research, undertakes its own research projects, such as the annual graduate labour market survey, and works in partnership with other parties to produce joint research, such as the Chinese students employability research undertaken with the British Council.
AGCAS also supports and encourages members to undertake practitioner research. Many AGCAS members engage in research or professional development projects. The Career Education, Information and Guidance in HE (CEIGHE) qualification is delivered at Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MA level by The University of Warwick in collaboration with AGCAS. The qualification enable members to develop interests within a friendly, supportive environment and via a course tailored towards the needs of HE careers professionals. Studying offers a number of benefits, including access to a research workshop and network of fellow researchers, and careful and considered peer review and support. HECSU offers a bursary to students undertaking and disseminating research as part of the MA course of study.
AGCAS member services play a vital role in collecting data about the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) on behalf of HESA. The data is published each year in What do Graduates Do? and in other, spin-off publications such as What Happens Next?
AGCAS also contributed to the initial development of the National Guidance Research Forum.