Research and Knowledge

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AGCAS is committed to:

  • developing unique insights into students' engagement with careers and employability support
  • building an informative dataset of the graduate labour market
  • seeking to better understand employers' behaviours and preferences
  • keeping abreast of the changing landscape of graduate outcomes data

Our expertise in student career development and graduate employment is shared through a growing research programme. We conduct internal research exploring the strategic positioning of careers services within higher education institutions to interpret how careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is delivered in our member services. We also work in partnership with other organisations to promote and produce research that develops expertise in areas of joint interest.

Latest AGCAS research

Practitioner research

AGCAS members are supported and encouraged to undertake and share practitioner research. Many members engage in research as part of the Career Education, Information and Guidance in HE (CEIGHE) qualification, delivered by The University of Warwick in collaboration with AGCAS.

The HECSU Research Fund helps foster an evidence-led, innovative research culture in higher education careers.

The AGCAS Award for Research Informed Practice encourages and promotes evidenced-based practice in all areas of members’ activity.

The AGCAS Research Conference celebrates research-informed practice and aims to share expertise and insights from practitioner researchers, careers professionals, academics and research students.

Graduate outcomes

AGCAS member services play a vital role in the collection and interpretation of graduate destinations data, historically via the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. Our publications What Do Graduates Do? (produced in partnership with Prospects/HECSU) and What Happens Next? A report on the first destinations of disabled graduates (produced by the AGCAS Disability Task Group) present findings that draw on DLHE data.

AGCAS made a significant contribution to HESA's #NewDLHE Destinations and Outcomes Review (2015 - 2017) and continues to be represented on the HESA Graduate Outcomes Steering Group. The AGCAS Graduate Employability and Outcomes Data Group (GEOD) aims to support member services with the transition to Graduate Outcomes.

Collaborative research projects