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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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The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Graduate Outcomes 2018/19

Low res version of combined Graduate Outcomes and Covid-19 timeline

2018/19 Graduate Outcomes data was collected in a year in which unemployment rates rose across society and most travel was prohibited.

Published 2021-07-20

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Exploration of statistical weighting in the Graduate Outcomes Survey: technical report

Report cover - Exploration of statistical weighting in the Graduate Outcomes Survey: technical report Peter Lynn and Carla Xena Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex July 2021

The Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex conclude there is no need to use weighted estimation with Graduate Outcomes data.

Published 2021-07-20

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Graduate Outcomes : A statistical measure of the design and nature of work

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Investigating the use of data from Graduate Outcomes to measure one aspect of job quality.

Published 2021-06-08

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Graduate Outcomes - A Summary of the Year Two SOC Coding Assurance

Research paper - Graduate Outcomes - A Summary of the Year Two SOC Coding Assurance

Summary of Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) coding assurance for the second year of Graduate Outcomes.

Published 2021-04-29

Press release

Research report

Graduate Outcomes SOC coding – Independent Verification Analysis Report

Research paper - Graduate Outcomes SOC coding – Independent Verification Analysis Report

Comparison of codes returned by the primary coder for Graduate Outcomes with those returned by an independent organisation to validate HESA’s approach to coding.

Published 2021-04-29

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Quality matters: The Census and HESA Widening Participation data

Research insight - Getting rich quick: Is studying economics the key to a high salary?

Using Census statistics to assess the quality of HESA's parental education and socio-economic classification data.

Published 2021-03-16

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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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Research Update: Part-time data analysis from HESA and CFE Research

Research insight - Part-time data analysis from HESA and CFE Research

Part-time provision for UK undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Published 2018-02-27

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Getting rich quick: Is studying economics the key to a high salary?

Research insight - Getting rich quick: Is studying economics the key to a high salary?

There is an earnings premium for being based in London’s financial centre, where a considerable proportion of qualified economists work.

Published 2017-11-08

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