HECSU-funded research project reports 2016/17

HECSU-funded research projects have been undertaken by AGCAS members at careers services throughout the UK. They offer an insight into different aspects of careers education and guidance and students’ progression to graduate employment.

Latest HECSU research project reports

  1. Exploring the impact of undergraduate credit-bearing careers education: Preparing our graduates (2016)
    Ruth O'Riordan, Dr Elena Del Rio and Jakub Wieczorek of the University of Dundee evaluate the impact of credit-bearing careers education of graduated students using data from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.
  2. Talkin' 'bout first generation (2016)
    Heather Pasero of the University of Southampton investigates the needs and challenges faced by first generation university students and what these students do in relation to making career decisions and seeking out careers advice.
  3. Uncertain transition: Exploring the experience of recent graduates (2016)
    Fiona Christie of the University of Salford explores the transition from university to the workforce for graduates from the arts, creative arts and humanities. 
  4. PhD study to employment: Experience of transition (2016)
    Rebecca Boyd and Stephanie McAlinden of Queen's University Belfast examine the challenges and experiences of recent doctoral graduates moving into employment.
  5. Fragmentation of careers education and guidance in schools and colleges (2017) and Fragmentation of careers education and guidance in schools and colleges (2017) Appendices 
    Laura Aldridge of Liverpool John Moores University examines the effects of the changes which have affected pre-HE careers guidance over the last 15 years, and what that means for HE provision.
  6. The graduate resilience project (2016)
    Shelley Morgan of the University of Lancaster explores graduate 'resilience', specifically looking at how students transition after graduating. The project also gathers the views of employers to understand how universities can interpret and understand the needs of employers and match provision accordingly.
  7. Discipline-specific versus generic approach to credit-bearing employability teaching (2016)
    Helen Standage of the University of Essex investigates whether it is better to teach credit-bearing employability in higher education in the form of a discrete module with the focus on pure career content or as an integrated module with the emphasis on blending career theory with the intellectual content of the student's discpline. 
  8. Spotlight on decision making (2017)
    Vanessa Casaru of the University of Bolton examines the reasons why students postpone or defer career decisions, how they perceive and access support to make these decisions and what strategies can help prevent or overcome this deferral.
  9. Facing the camera (2016)
    David Nelson from Manchester Metropolitan University explores video interviews as part of recruitment processes.