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Do we need a labour theory of degree value?

When measuring the economic value of higher education we too often assume that past performance is indicative of future success. But the labour market is about to become much less predictable, argues Adam Wright.

LEO shows how graduate pay has been squeezed

LEO data shows that, when adjusted for inflation, graduates’ pay packets are being significantly squeezed. Jonathan Boys has broken down the data.

Why is there such a large gender pay gap for graduates?

Women graduates earn less than their male counterparts immediately after leaving university and in the vast majority of subjects. We pick this apart and suggest what role universities might have to play in fixing it.

Lessons earned – winners and losers from LEO

There are plenty of interesting insights and perspectives to be gained from a day’s worth of analysis of the the new Longitudinal Education Outcomes dataset. David Morris suggests some winners and losers from this release.

LIVE: Longitudinal Education Outcomes data released

It’s a revolution for public information about higher education as employment and salary data for graduates is released in full for the first time. We’ll be bringing you coverage, insights and analysis all day here.

NewDLHE model close to full assembly

HESA has assembled its proposed model for a new DLHE. Catherine Boyd picks out the headline changes, including open centralisation, linking to LEO data, and a new survey date.

Capturing the future of graduate outcomes

HESA has made significant strides forward in designing a new graduate destinations survey to replace DLHE. Dan Cook gives us an update on the decisions made so far.

Prior attainment, gender gaps and other lessons from LEO

After the release of the government’s new LEO data, we draw some early lessons about what it shows about graduate earnings, the labour market and universities’ ability to influence the employment prospects of their graduates.

Digesting the Longitudinal Educational Outcome data

On the day the government releases LEO data showing graduate earnings over time, we take a first look at the data, what it shows and what’s in store as the agenda develops.

A positive outcome? Steps towards a new DLHE

There was consensus and conflict within the sector over how to best measure graduate outcomes. Rachel Hewitt takes us through the highlights of the new DLHE consultation responses.

Differential fees need scrutiny, not sympathy

Tom Bailey offers a response to Dean Machin’s case for differential fees by subject and institution, arguing that it would be unfair, impractical and imprudent.

What if there isn’t a skills deficit?

David Morris argues that not far in the future, the sector may not be able to rely on old assumptions about their role in driving skills and so need to start thinking now about how universities should to adapt to shifting economic trends.

Human capital: interview with author of IFS graduate earnings study

On Wednesday the Institute for Fiscal Studies published the first report into graduate earnings – Andrew McGettigan discussed the report’s findings and their implications with one of the report’s authors: Jack Britton, Senior Research Economist at IFS.

Human capital: let’s talk about graduate outcomes

Following the recent IFS report into graduate earnings, Charlie Ball discusses the significant implications for the sector, and previews the forthcoming consultation on the future of the DLHE survey – an opportunity to get this right for the future.

Has DLHE had its day?

Following the passing of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act which allows for educational data to be linked to tax records, Charlie Ball asks if this will ultimately see the demise of the controversial Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) survey?

Reforming employability measures

It is widely understood that graduates with higher level skills are critical to the ability of the UK economy to innovate and thus be competitive internationally so it is vitally important that the way we measure how the supply of graduates meets the demand of employers is useful to both universities and businesses. Rosa Fernandez looks at recent research that shows why current measures of graduate employability are not sufficient, and shows how it could improve.

Winners and losers in the current system

There is no doubt that, as with most changes, the £9,000 fee system introduced in England in 2012-13 created winners and losers. We know that applications are back up for full-time undergraduates – and we know this includes students from non-traditional backgrounds, which is great. But that is not the whole story. On the day the Public Accounts Committee confirm the rising costs of writing off loans, Libby Hackett looks at the winners and losers in the current system, and calls for a fundamental rethink.