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Putting Research into Practice Conference
HECSU's annual conference is an annual high point for anyone interested in research. Jane Standley, Head of Careers at Brunel University attended on the 2007 conference.

International students - what do employers think and do?
More details from the PMI survey into the attitudes and practices of UK employers with respect to international students have just been released. A summary of employer comments on the issue of work permits is now available.

International students - survey of provision and needs
An AGCAS/NASES survey into careers service, student employment and job shop provision for international students and into the needs of those providing the above service has just been published.

Website winners

Congratulations to the Open University, the winners, and the University of Bedfordshire, the runners-up in this year's AGCAS/HECSU Careers Service Website of the Year competition. Oxford Brookes University was commended.

Call for proposals for HECSU-funded practitioner research
HECSU is inviting proposals from AGCAS colleagues for small-scale practitioner research projects, which will be funded by HECSU as part of the Putting Research Outcomes into Practice (PROP) project.

HECSU announces new practitioner research projects

HECSU has confirmed that it will fund further practitioner research during 2009/2010. Six research proposals submitted by AGCAS members will be funded as part of PROP (Putting Research Outcomes into Practice).

AGCAS e-induction launched

A new e-induction programme is now available for all new Associate and Affiliate members of AGCAS and HECSU, which aims to offer an introduction to careers work in HE and provide an overview of the supporting roles of AGCAS and HECSU.

82% of first year students aware of careers service

According to a new report, awareness of university careers services among students, even during the first year of their course, is high. 38% of those questioned had visited their service during their first year and another 45%, although they did not visit the service, were aware of it. About half took part in events run by their careers service especially for first year students. 50,000 students were interviewed as part of FutureTrack, a longitudinal study of applicants to HE in 2006.


Graduate employment statistics: AGCAS response
AGCAS says that figures reported in the media based on a recent press release for What Do Graduates Do 2010? are almost a year out of date. Employer surveys and anecdotal evidence from HE careers services suggests that the position has improved considerably since this time last year. Graduates shouldn't be complacent as reduced funding for the public sector may well change the picture again, but neither should they feel demoralised.

Changing attitudes towards career decision-making

Two reports have been published recently, which look at how undergraduates make career decisions. Dr Paul Greenbank, Reader in Educational Development in the Teaching and Learning Development Unit at Edge Hill University, produced the reports for the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU) as part of the PROP (Putting Research Outcomes into Practice) project.

Launch of improved job search facility for international students and graduates
AGCAS, HECSU, NASES and The Careers Group, University of London, working in partnership, have undertaken enhancements to the International Graduate Jobs on as a result of research with international students and graduates, employers and careers professionals. The work has been funded by the Prime Minister’s Initiative for International Education (PMI 2) and develops the work undertaken in a previous PMI 2 project which saw The Careers Group, University of London’s International Job Online made available through

HECSU seeking bursary case studies

From 1 August 2014, the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) will be managing the administration process for the HECSU bursary, which members can apply for to fund their AGCAS/The University of Warwick CEIGHE courses. To help raise awareness of the new application process, HECSU is collating case studies of those who have already benefited from the bursary.

HECSU invites AGCAS to give feedback on LDLHE

HECSU (the Higher Education Careers Services Unit) has recently launched the second survey in its HEFCE-funded project to promote understanding of the Longitudinal Destinations of Leavers from HE (LDLHE). AGCAS members are invited to give feedback on some exemplar materials produced by HECSU to try to make the LDLHE data more accessible. 

Graduate Labour Market Task Group: Update April 2012

The Graduate Labour Market Task Group (GLAM) met on 21 March 2012 with very full updates from HESA, HEFCE, BIS and HECSU. GLAM now requests comments and observations from AGCAS members about particular issues that arose around SOC coding and new job roles during the recent collection, together with specific enquiries about the future use of JACs codes.

Phoenix - February 2014 issue now available

The latest issue of Phoenix is now available online. The February 2014 edition includes items on the following themes: DLHE and graduate tracking - alternative sources and data integrity; The role of careers information in the modern HE careers service; Approaches to student engagement.

Download Phoenix February 2014 (Issue 141) 

What Do Graduates Do? 2012 edition published

What do Graduates Do? 2012 is now available to download. It is a collaboration between the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group and HECSU: HECSU provides the facts from the DLHE returns; AGCAS writers provide the expertise and articles to make sense of the figures.

What Do Graduates Do? 2013 version now available

The 2013 edition of What Do Graduates Do? has been published. What Do Graduates Do? is a collaboration between the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group and HECSU. The research shows the destinations of 242,285 first degree graduates and 81,650 postgraduates in January 2013 - six months after they had left university. This year's report features unprecedented data on postgraduate destinations.

Vacancy on the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group

The AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group is looking for a new member to write articles for What Do Graduates Do?, written by members of the group and produced in conjunction with HECSU, and contribute to increasing awareness of the publication within AGCAS and beyond.

Review of the Higher Education Achievement Report

The HEA has commissioned HECSU to review the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). The review is 'formative' and the HEA's interest lies in assessing the impact that the HEAR has had and whether it has influenced or been taken up and used by key stakeholder groups (including HE providers, employers and students) and has led to improvements in the student learning experience and employability.

Big drop in early graduate unemployment, reports What Do Graduates Do?

Findings from the latest (2014) edition of What Do Graduates Do? show that graduate unemployment fell from 8.5% to 7.3% year-on-year, marking the biggest drop in early graduate unemployment in 15 years.

This annual publication is a collaboration between the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group and HECSU: HECSU provides the facts and figures from the DLHE returns and AGCAS members apply their expertise to provide commentary and written articles to help interpret the figures.

New research fund for careers staff

HECSU are offering a £50,000 Research Fund to support the research interests of careers staff in HECSU member institutions. The funding is available exclusively to projects led by staff at universities that are HECSU members, with up to £5,000 available for each individual project. 

Vacancy on the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group

If you regularly read What Do Graduates Do?you will know that it is written by members of the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group and produced in conjunction with HECSU. The group is currently looking for a new member to write articles for the publication and contribute to increasing awareness of the publication, within AGCAS and beyond.

Record number of new graduates in work, reports What Do Graduates Do?

Findings from the 2015 edition of What Do Graduates Do? show that a total of 199,810 graduates were known to be working in the UK six months after graduation, up 6% from last year and marking the largest number of new graduate entrants to the UK labour market on record.

Published annually, What Do Graduates Do? is the result of a close collaboration between AGCAS and Prospects, on behalf of the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU). 

What do graduates do? shows graduate unemployment rate lowest since 1989
The latest edition of What do graduates do? has shown that a robust graduate jobs market combined with a sharp rise in students taking postgraduate courses has led to the lowest graduate unemployment rate since 1989. 

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Futuretrack conference 2012: The changing relationship between higher education and the graduate labour market

Wed 07 Nov 2012

They applied to university in 2006 and, after three years of hard study, the majority graduated into one of the worst recessions in recent history. So, what influenced their career journey and where are they now? This conference streamed live online will present the findings of the Futuretrack studies and consider the implications for policy and practice.

Working with Career Adaptability in Practice, Warwick

Mon 14 Jul 2014

This one-day symposium marks the reporting stage of a Higher Education Academy funded project to trial a new UK Career Adapt-Abilities Inventory (CAAI-UK) in higher education career and employability work.

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Career Pathways for Graduates into the Voluntary or Community Sector

This report looks at the experiences of graduates who are in a variety of roles and organisations in the voluntary/community sector and provides some useful insights into job seeking in this area. 

PMI2 Pilot Projects 2009/2010

In 2009, AGCAS received PMI2 funding for five pilot projects to allow the development of better links with UK and overseas employers and UK alumni overseas.

These projects aim to support the development of an expanded list of employer contacts to be available through the employer database currently under development by HECSU and of an enhanced resource of success stories/case studies about international student and graduate employment in the UK and abroad.

Career Decision Making and Career Development of Part Time Higher Education Students

This Futuretrack report to HECSU is based on the findings of a survey of 3,704 part time undergraduate UK-domiciled students conducted in 2007/08. It is the first study of its kind involving a nationally representative sample of part time undergraduates from across the UK.

Graduate Market Trends

Graduate Market Trends (GMT) is a quarterly review of the graduate labour market and research into higher education and graduate employment issues.

PMI2 Employability Projects

Between 2007-2011, AGCAS, NASES, HECSU, The Careers Group, University of London, CIHE and i-graduate delivered a series of PMI2-funded employability projects.

Graduate Career Stories

Students looking to secure their first graduate job need more than just labour market information; they also need to understand how the graduate labour market operates. In order to illustrate the complexity of the graduate labour market, HECSU invited 100 graduate employees to describe their route to their current roles. 

Learning from Futuretrack: Dropout from Higher Education

This report presents findings from a study of people who applied to enter higher education in 2006 and later dropped out. It uses data from Futuretrack, which is a longitudinal study of all people who applied in 2005 to 2006 to enter university in the UK during the autumn of 2006. Futuretrack collected data from students before, during and after their time at university.

The fit between graduate labour market supply and demand

This is a working paper from the Futuretrack survey (stage 3), which examines 3rd year UK undergraduate degree final year students' perceptions of the skills they have to offer and the skills employers seek.

What Do Graduates Do?

Published annually, What Do Graduates Do? uses statistics drawn from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE), which is conducted by every university in the UK each year to try and establish what every graduate is doing six months after graduation. What Do Graduates Do? is the result of a close collaboration between AGCAS and Prospects, on behalf of the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU).

Key findings from the lastest edition of What do Graduates Do? (2017) shows that the graduate unemployment rate is at its lowest since 1989. 

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