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HESA’s core mission is to support the advancement of higher education across all nations of the UK through the data it collects, assures and disseminates. We undertake research to advance public knowledge and understanding of UK higher education, and to improve our own outputs in the public interest.

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Higher education outcomes: How career satisfaction among graduates varies by ethnicity

Research paper - Higher education outcomes: How career satisfaction among graduates varies by ethnicity

Black graduates are less likely to report being satisfied with their career relative to White graduates.

Published 2020-09-22

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Should we weight? Year one of the Graduate Outcomes survey

Research paper - Should we weight? Year one of the Graduate Outcomes survey

Investigation into whether or how results of Graduate Outcomes survey should be weighted in published statistics.

Published 2020-05-21

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How does the return to a degree vary by class of award?

Research paper - How does the return to a degree vary by class of award?

Graduates with a first or upper second class degree earn more, relative to non-graduates, than their peers with lower class degrees.

Published 2020-03-10

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The return to a degree: New evidence based on the birth cohort studies and the Labour Force Survey

Research paper - The return to a degree: New evidence based on the birth cohort studies and the Labour Force Survey

Graduates born in 1990 earned 11% more than non-graduates at age 26, compared to the 19% graduate premium enjoyed by graduates born in 1970.

Published 2019-10-22

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Year 0: A foundation for widening participation?

Research blog - Year 0: A foundation for widening participation?

Foundation years could be a useful way to help disadvantaged mature learners return to study.

Published 2019-05-16

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