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Fireworks and networks

The difference of opinion on brokering unpaid internships is just one example of tensions in the coalition government: Nick Clegg has condemned them, saying 'we want a fair job market based on merit, not networks'; David Cameron is 'very relaxed' about offering work placements to people he knows. Gill Frigerio, Course Director of the Management of Student Work Experience programme at The University of Warwick, considers the theory behind the recent debates on social mobility and asks if it really is all about who you know.

Access and widening participation within transnational education

Provision of quality education and a commitment to principles of social mobility and fair access, coupled with rising fee levels, can be a challenge to HEIs in their home country, but how are these addressed, if at all, at branch campuses abroad?

Social mobility toolkit for the professions

Professions for Good, a public information campaign to which many professional bodies have signed up, is developing a Social Mobility Toolkit on behalf of the Gateways to the Professions Collaborative Forum and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

100 companies open up work experience places

One hundred companies have signed up to Nick Clegg's social mobility strategy, pledging their firms will open up opportunities for work experience to try to bring an end to career advancement by 'who you know'.

Graduate Success Project: AGCAS findings launched

AGCAS has launched two major outputs - a project report and a new website - from the BIS-funded joint AGCAS/AGR Graduate Success Project, which explores how graduates from a range of backgrounds make the transition to the job market.

The aims of the project were to encourage employers to think seriously about social mobility, to investigate graduate and employer perspectives of the graduate employment market and to increase awareness of the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) amongst employers - and promote its use as good recruitment practice.

The report presents the project's main findings and highlights important issues that have implications for various stakeholders, including policymakers, HE institutions and careers services, employers, and students and graduates themselves.

PwC scrap UCAS points as entry criteria for graduate jobs

PwC is to scrap the UCAS tariff as an entry criteria for its graduate scheme. Removing UCAS scores as an entry prerequisite follows analysis of applications to the firm from students who have not achieved the normally required A-level grades.

Grant Thornton: two years on from dropping graduate entry requirements

Grant Thornton currently hires over 500 trainees across four programmes and receives over 10,000 applications. Around two years ago they dropped all academic entry requirements for all their programmes, instead focusing on behaviours, shared values and potential. In a sector that traditionally takes a very traditional approach to academic entry requirements, it was a bold move.

HE Green Paper - AGCAS response to reform proposals

AGCAS members are invited to contribute to the official AGCAS response to the government's green paper, which sets out proposals to change the HE landscape. The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is seeking views on the proposed next steps for HE reform, which include: the introduction of a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF); widening participation by improving access to, success in and progression from HE for those from disadvantaged and under-represented groups; creating a new single gateway for entry; and establishing a new Office for Students.

Capturing employer engagement - Phoenix articles wanted

The Phoenix Editorial Team is seeking articles for the next issue of AGCAS's digital journal, which is due to be published in February 2016. The main theme of the next issue will be Employer Engagement. The Editorial Team is interested in receiving examples of good/innovative practice, evidence of research, views or opinion pieces on a range of topics based on recent and/or previous experience of working with all types of employers from all sectors.

AGCAS responds to green paper for HE reform

AGCAS has submitted its response to the government's green paper, Fulfilling our potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice, which sets out proposals to change the HE landscape.

AGCAS Executive Director update: strategic themes (March 2016)

In her first monthly update to AGCAS members, Elaine Boyes, AGCAS Executive Director, outlines AGCAS's strategic theme topics and invites feedback from members.

AGCAS Executive Director update: strategy and policy work (June 2016)

As I write, I know many members are still adjusting to the period of uncertainty and change that we are now entering. As careers professionals, I also know that members' focus will be on supporting and advising students and graduates during this period of transition. Following consultation with AGCAS heads of service, the AGCAS Board has published its response to the AGCAS referendum.

Call for evidence: access into leading professions

AGCAS members are invited to submit evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Mobility's Inquiry into Access into Leading Professions. Run in partnership with The Sutton Trust, the inquiry will focus on how to increase access of people from disadvantaged backgrounds into the leading professions, such as law, finance, medicine, journalism and politics.

Volunteers needed for AGCAS committees and working parties
AGCAS could not function as a professional body without the time and support of our members. To take forward our strategy we are advertising for a number of volunteers to join our committees and working parties.

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Beyond the Oxbridge obsession: How can universities encourage social mobility, Newcastle

Mon 05 Dec 2011

Pam Tatlow, CEO of Million +, will argue that the government's claim that social mobility has been stuck for a generation is not borne out by the evidence.

#GEC15 The Graduate Employment Conference 2015, Manchester

Thu 11 Jun 2015

The 8th annual Graduate Employment Conference, organised by Gradcore, takes place on 11 June 2015 at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester. #GEC15 brings together graduate recruitment professionals, university heads of careers, employability specialists, policymakers and even some graduates. We continue to use our conference/unconference format, which involves a classic conference format in the morning and then a lively unconference in the afternoon, giving delegates the chance to share and air views and ideas.

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Achieving Fair Access: Removing Barriers, Realising Potential

This report, written by members of the Fair Access to University Group (FAUG), makes a series of recommendations to enhance social mobility by increasing accessibility for disadvantaged students to the best universities, based on merit.

Closing the Gap: unlocking opportunity through higher education

The focus of this paper is on how to overcome the disadvantages that make people from lower socio-economic groups less likely to progress on the career ladder than those from more advantaged backgrounds. It examines the economic and social imperatives for widening participation, tackling some of the myths that exist around social mobility and higher education and looking at where universities are really adding value and supporting students into successful careers.

Common Best Practice Code for High-Quality Internships

This code has been developed for employers in response to Unleashing Aspiration: The Final Report of the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions. It describes the core elements required in order to obtain maximum benefit from internships for both interns and employers.

Higher Education as a tool of social mobility: Reforming the delivery of HE and measuring professional graduate output success

This paper looks at current government policy on social mobility with particular reference to higher education. It suggests that government policy over a substantial number of years has been too limited in scope, focusing narrowly on university entrance for 'non-traditional' students rather than their subsequent academic and job success.

Professions for Good

Professions for Good is a public information campaign, to which many professional bodies have signed up. Its aim is to unite the leading professions to maximise their contribution to a fairer society, a strong economy and better informed policy making.

Building a Creative Nation: Evidence Review

This paper sets out the current context of youth unemployment and the social mobility crisis currently faced by the UK, before looking at the potential of the creative industries in helping to alleviate some of these issues, along with an examination of some policy areas which might better serve job creation in this area.

Teaching that Matters

This report highlights how a teaching revolution is underway in modern universities with new approaches to teaching increasing employability and improving the social mobility of graduates.

Fair Access to Professional Careers: A progress report

In 2009, Alan Milburn, Chair of the Panel on Fair Access, reported on what the UK's professions were doing to aid and abet social mobility in the UK. Unleashing Aspiration made 88 recommendations to professions, employers, universities, schools and government. This new report, Fair Access to Professional Careers, documents what has changed since then.

BIS Performance Indicators: The gap between the proportion of young graduates from professional backgrounds who go on to a "graduate job" 6 months after graduating and young graduates from non-professional backgrounds

This indicator provides one way of looking at the issue of how to ensure a more socially mobile society: are graduates from less advantaged backgrounds as able to enter 'graduate jobs' as their peers from more advantaged backgrounds? 

Graduate Success

The Graduate Success website features graduates from 2011 and 2012 reflecting on their university experience - their courses, their activities and their career choices - and how these have affected their transition into employment.

University Challenge: How Higher Education Can Advance Social Mobility

This report, produced by Alan Milburn, Independent Reviewer on Social Mobility and Child Poverty, looks at what universities need to do to address the social inequalities in terms of who gets into university and what the government needs to do to reduce the risks that its higher education policies pose to its social mobility strategy.


University access for disadvantaged children: A comparison across English speaking countries

This Department of Quantitative Social Science Working Paper compares widening access policies in England, Canada, Australia and the United States and considers whether certain countries are particularly adept (or particularly poor) at getting children from disadvantaged homes to study for a bachelor's degree.

Graduate Success Project Report: An investigation of graduate transitions, social mobility and the HEAR

The Graduate Success Project was a BIS-funded joint AGCAS/AGR project, which explores how graduates from a range of backgrounds make the transition to the job market. The aims of the project were to encourage employers to think seriously about social mobility, to investigate graduate and employer perspectives of the graduate employment market and to increase awareness of the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) amongst employers - and promote its use as good recruitment practice.

Graduate Success - The HEAR and Now: Creating a level playing field in graduate recruitment and selection

This executive summary has been produced by AGCAS and AGR as part of the BIS-funded Graduate Success Project, which explores how graduates from a range of backgrounds make the transition to the job market.

Europe 2020: Scottish National Reform Programme 2013

This report sets out the actions that are being taken forward across Scotland to support the delivery of the ambitions set out in Europe 2020 (the European Union's strategy for delivering smart, sustainable and inclusive growth over the period to 2020). The strategy sets out five key targets for the EU to achieve by the end of the decade. These targets cover employment, education, research and innovation, social inclusion and poverty reduction, and climate/energy.

Widening participation in higher education 2013

This annual publication, published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), brings together all documents relating to widening participation in higher education.

Learning Journeys: Student experiences in further and higher education in Scotland

This report looks at how students choose what and where to study, their experiences of studying, and their transitions between different levels of study, as well as their hopes for the future. The findings are based on a survey of over 1,600 college, undergraduate and postgraduate students in Scotland.

Mapping the occupational destinations of new graduates

This report examines the transitions that new graduates make as they leave university and enter the labour market. It investigates the extent to which, on exit from university, students from different socio-economic backgrounds are more or less likely to enter a 'status' occupation.

The link between secondary school characteristics and university participation and outcomes

This report investigates the role played by secondary schools - and the subjects and qualifications pupils study while they are there - in explaining whether students go to university and how well they do once there.

Unlocking Scotland's Full Potential: boosting skills, wages, equality and growth

This paper assesses recent economic developments in Scotland, particularly in the labour market, and the outlook for the months and years ahead.

Understanding Employers' Graduate Recruitment and Selection Practices

This research paper examines the approach to graduate recruitment adopted by employers and how this has evolved in recent years. The study aims to explore patterns in graduate recruitment, behaviours of graduate employers and interactions between graduate employers and universities.

Inspiring Policy: Graduate Outcomes and Social Mobility

This paper includes contributions from over 20 leading thinkers from the university and employer sectors on the issue of social mobility in relation to graduate outcomes and progression into the professions.

How English domiciled graduate earnings vary with gender, institution attended, subject and socio-economic background

This paper looks at the link between earnings and students' background, degree subject and university attended. It examines to what extent the observed variations are driven just by prior attainment as opposed to course or institution of study, as well as to what extent family background influences future earnings, and even given course and institution. 

Working in partnership: enabling social mobility in higher education

Universities UK has produced the final report of the Social Mobility Advisory Group, which was set up with the aim of identifying practical ways to address inequality in higher education. It has highlighted the need for a rigorous evidence-based approach to social mobility, the importance of evaluation to inform and shape future work and that sustained change can only be achieved through collaboration and partnership between universities, schools, colleges and employers.

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Graduate Success

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. 

As well as the research report  a number of national dissemination events took place across the country, supporting and highlighting the student focussed Graduate Success website.


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