Phoenix is the AGCAS journal, produced as a digital publication three times a year in February, June and October.

Each issue is themed. Recent issues have covered social mobility, student well-being, postgraduate students, placements, graduate destinations, graduate attributes and employer engagement.

Regular content includes:

  • best practice in higher education careers and employability service delivery
  • opinion pieces
  • research round-up
  • Careers Anonymous

Latest issue

Phoenix February 2018 (Issue 153) – Social Mobility

CaptureThe issue of social mobility could not be more current, with several major reports at the end of last year highlighting that the UK is not matching progress in other developed countries and that inequality is widening. As we know, progress has been made in widening access to higher education (HE) as one avenue to greater social mobility. However, whilst participation has widened since 2006, successful progression and high quality outcomes for non-traditional students (NTS) have been more stubborn measures to shift.

In England, the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) and its successor, the OfS, have therefore shifted focus to require HE providers to demonstrate better support for the progression and outcomes for NTS. This places HE careers services centre stage. And we are stepping up. The latest AGCAS Graduate Labour Market Survey identified that nearly three quarters of UK university careers services delivered targeted initiatives for widening participation (WP) students in the 2016/17 academic year, and that most of us are now using data more widely to better understand students’ career readiness, to target resources and to provide more personalised support.

In this issue you will find articles that provide valuable insights and inspiring examples of the delivery of exceptional support to students and graduates, including targeted and all-student approaches.


Phoenix October 2017 (Issue 152) – Student Well-being

Phoenix June 2017 (Issue 151) – Supporting Postgraduate Students

Phoenix February 2017 (Issue 150) – The Placements Issue

Phoenix October 2016 (Issue 149) – Graduate Destinations

Phoenix June 2016 (Issue 148) – Defining Graduate Attributes

Phoenix February 2016 (Issue 147) – Employer Engagement

To view earlier issues of Phoenix, please contact Gemma Green, Phoenix Editor.

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