This week on the podcast Rishi Sunak has delivered his spring statement, and we get across the politics, the policies and the implications for universities and students.
Plus UKRI has a new strategy out, and HEPI has published a new version of a social mobility index for universities.
With Andy Westwood, Professor of Government Practice and Vice Dean for Social Responsibility in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester, Jenny Shaw, Higher Education External Engagement Director at Unite Students, Sunday Blake, Wonkhe’s Associate Editor and presented by Mark Leach, Wonkhe’s Editor-in-Chief.
Featured on the show
- David Kernohan takes a first look at the detail of the Spring Statement and the OBR review, and finds graduates paying for many of the more eye-catching measures
- Jim Dickinson considers the cost of living crisis for students, and what the sector can do to alleviate its impacts
- UK Research and Innovation has realised the ambitions of the 2015 Nurse review to create a single voice for UK research strategy. Debbie McVitty boils down the five-year plan
- HEPI: English Social Mobility Index for 2022
- As we approach the second anniversary of the first Covid lockdown, Felicity Mitchell looks at what the OIA has been seeing in complaints
This time I’m looking at the 2018-19 graduating cohort – taking the number that started at each provider on a foundation year in 2015-16 and looking at the proportion of UK graduates in full time employment that agree or strongly agree they were using the skills they had learnt.
Is there a link between foundation years and skilled employment? Does it correlate?
The answer is no. Not even slightly. Indeed, the line is almost completely flat, suggesting that providers with a large number of students who start higher education with a foundation year are not likely to see any detriment from this in skilled graduate employment. Data is from the HESA student and graduate outcomes collections, and where the data doesn’t exist I’ve not plotted it.
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