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Student Employability Index 2014 Part One

Aaron Porter


NCUB is supported by the following:


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Executive Summary Overall, the results painted a compelling picture of the extent to which students are already engaged with issues that relate to and support employability.

Over 95% of students stated it was ‘somewhat

Home region was also significant in determining

important’ or ‘essential’ that their university

the likelihood of undertaking work experience or

had business, industry or employer links, with

internships with only 21% of the students from

92% specifically stating it was important to be

Wales having done so, rising to 38% from Northern

provided with opportunities for placements, work

Ireland and 41% from Scotland.

experience or internships. Usage of services such as the careers services There were a number of interesting variances by

varied significantly by university too. At one

discipline studied. Only 15% of students studying

university only 23% of students used the

medicine stated that had used their careers or

careers services, whereas this was as high as

employability support, but this rose to 49% of

54% at another.

mathematics and computing students and 48% in business studies.

Part two of this report will share the findings from our research into student views on the extent to

The extent to which students engaged with

which employability shaped their choice of course

employability support and part-time work also varied

and institution, and their views of various sectors

significantly by home region. Students originally

for future employment. We hope that these

coming from Scotland (29%) and the East Midlands

findings will provide a useful source of information

(30%) were the least likely to have used their

to better understand the landscape in relation to

university employability services, whilst students from

employability, what students value and how this

the East of England (45%) and non-EU international

varies across a range of factors including university,

students (49%) were the most likely to have done so.

home region and discipline studied.


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Introduction This is the first of two reports which will share the key findings from the survey, with part one primarily focussing on student views on the quality of careers and employability support and feedback on part-time work, work experience, placements and internships. We were delighted to work with Compass Group on this research, as not only do they employ a considerable number of students and graduates across their operation, they also work with more than 320 Universities worldwide, delivering catering and support services that enhance the student experience. Both Compass and the NCUB, believe this research provides fantastic insight into the importance students place on employability and hope that this new information will support continuous enhancements in the higher education sector as well as how business can engage and add value to it.

The survey sought student views in 4 main areas:

Student views on the quality of careers and employability support during

their time as a student.

Feedback on part-time work, work experience and internships and the extent to

which it has aided personal and professional development.

The extent to which employability and destinations shaped

choice of subject and institution - Part 2.

Student views on sectors for future employment - Part 2.


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In its first year, the Student Employability Index has surveyed over 4000 students. (200 from 20 English universities - 100 first year undergraduate students, 100 other year undergraduate students).

The students in the sample were recruited by research agency YouthSight, the students in our sample opted to participate in the research.

The 20 universities selected to participate in this were as follows:


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Background Research to understand student views in 4 primary areas:

01

Quality, usage and value of careers and

02

employability support

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Extent to which employability shaped subject choice and institution (part 2)

Feedback on part-time work, work experience and internships

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Views on sectors for future employment (part 2)


07 Which of these best describes the main subject area, course or speciality you are studying?

TABLE 1

Combined Education Creative Arts & Design History & Philosophy Languages Mass Communications & Documentation Business & Administration Law Social Studies Architecture, Building & Planning Engineering & Technology Maths & Computer Sciences Physical Sciences Veterinary Science & Related Subjects Biological Sciences Subjects Allied to Medicine Medicine & Dentistry 0

50

100

150

200

250 STUDENTS

300

350

400

450

500


University careers and employability support


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Percentage of students that have used the university employability services?

OVERALL

FIRST YEAR

24.1%

37.9% OTHER YEAR

54%

44.8% PRE-92 UNIVERSITY

34.4% POST-92 UNIVERSITY

39.2% 37.1% MALE

FEMALE


Lowest - 13% Highest - 49% Combined

Education

Creative Arts & Design

History & Philosophy

Languages

Mass Communications

Business Studies

Law

Social Studies

Architecture

Engineering & Technology

Maths & Computer Sciences

Physical Sciences

Veterinary Science & Related Subjects

TABLE 2

Biological Sciences

Subjects Allied to Medicine

Medicine & Dentistry

PERCENTAGE

10 Percentage of students that have used their employability services (by discipline)

60

50

40

30

20

10

0


Lowest - 29%

Non-EU

European Union

North West

North East

Yorkshire & Humberside

Scotland

Northern Ireland

Wales

East

West Midlands

East Midlands

South West

TABLE 3

South East

London

Average

PERCENTAGE

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Percentage of students that have used their employability services (by home region)

60

50

40

30

20

10

0

Highest - 49%


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TABLE 4

Use of employability services by university

60

50

PERCENTAGE

40

30

20

10

0 A

B

Highest - 54%

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

Lowest - 23%

Letters A-T represent each of the 20 universities participating in our study. We have not published the university breakdown, but the individual universities have privately received their results.

O

P

Q

R

S

T


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TABLE 5

How do you rate the quality of your university’s employability services?

2000 1800 1600

PERCENTAGE

1400 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 0 EXCELLENT

VERY GOOD

22%

47%

ADEQUATE

27%

POOR

VERY POOR

3%

1%


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TABLE 6

Quality of careers services rated as (4/5 or 5/5) by university

100

PERCENTAGE

80

60

40

20

0 A

Lowest - 45%

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

Highest - 82%

Letters A-T represent each of the 20 universities participating in our study. We have not published the university breakdown, but the individual universities have privately received their results.

O

P

Q

R

S

T


Part-time work


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TABLE 7

Percentage of students working part-time by home region

50 45 40 35

PERCENTAGE

30 25 20 15 10 5

Yes - 34.8%

No - 65.2%

(Overall)

Letters A-T represent each of the 20 universities participating in our study. We have not published the university breakdown, but the individual universities have privately received their results.

Rest of the World

European Union

Northern Ireland

Scotland

Wales

East Anglia

North East

North West

West Midlands

East Midlands

South West

South East

London

0


Lowest - 22.7%

Combined

Education

Creative Arts & Design

History & Philosophy

Languages

Mass Communications

Business Studies

Law

Social studies

Architecture

Engineering & Technology

Maths & Computer Sciences

Physical Sciences

Veterinary Science & Related Subjects

TABLE 8

Biological Sciences

Subjects Allied to Medicine

Medicine & Dentistry

PERCENTAGE

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% students undertaking part-time work

60

50

40

30

20

10

0

Highest - 49.3%


Industry/business links in the curriculum


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TABLE 9

How important do you think it is for universities to have business, industry or employer links?

3000

PERCENTAGE

2500

2000

1500

1000

500

0

ESSENTIAL

SOMEWHAT IMPORTANT

66%

29%

INDIFFERENT

4%

NOT VERY IMPORTANT

1%

NOT AT ALL IMPORTANT


Lowest - 81% Highest - 100% Combined

Education

Creative Arts & Design

History & Philosophy

Languages

Mass Communications

Business Studies

Law

Social Studies

Architecture

Engineering & Technology

Maths & Computer Sciences

Physical Sciences

Veterinary Science & Related Subjects

TABLE 10

Biological Sciences

Subjects Allied to Medicine

Medicine & Dentistry

PERCENTAGE

20

Important for universities to have industry/employer links (4/5 or 5/5)

100

80

60

40

20

0


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Important for universities to have employer links essential or somewhat important

TABLE 11

100 98 96

PERCENTAGE

94 92 90 88 86 84 82 80 A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

Highest - 99%

Letters A-T represent each of the 20 universities participating in our study. We have not published the university breakdown, but the individual universities have privately received their results.

Q

R

S

T

Lowest - 90%


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TABLE 12

What sorts of university/business links do you think would be helpful

Industry/Business Content In Curriculum

Mentors from Industry or Business

Lectures From Industry & Business Leaders

CV Clinics

Careers Advice / Service

Placements, Work Experience & Internships 0

10

20

30

40

50 PERCENT

Male

Female

All

60

70

80

90

100


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Percentage of students who felt there was not enough industry, business, or employer content

TABLE 13

Combined Education Creative Arts & Design History & Philosophy Languages Mass Communications Business Studies Law Social Studies Architecture Engineering & Technology Maths & Computer Sciences Physical Sciences Veterinary Science & Related Biological Sciences Subjects Allied to Medicine Medicine & Dentistry 0

5

10

15

20

25

30

PERCENT

Highest - 29%

Lowest - 13%

35


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TABLE 14

Not enough industry content in their degree (by university)

50 45 40

PERCENTAGE

35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 A

Lowest - 16%

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

Highest - 35%

Letters A-T represent each of the 20 universities participating in our study. We have not published the university breakdown, but the individual universities have privately received their results.

O

P

Q

R

S

T


Placements, work experience and internships


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FIGURE 1

Have you undertaken any work experience or internships since you’ve become a university student? (for second, third and finalists only)

YES 47%

NO 53%


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Students who agree placements, work experience would be helpful (by university)

TABLE 15

100

PERCENTAGE

95

90

85

80

75 A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

Highest - 99%

Letters A-T represent each of the 20 universities participating in our study. We have not published the university breakdown, but the individual universities have privately received their results.

Q

R

S

T

Lowest - 85%


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TABLE 16

Undertaking work experience/placements (by university)

45 40 35

PERCENTAGE

30 25 20 15 10 5 0 A

B

Highest - 40%

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

Lowest - 17%

Letters A-T represent each of the 20 universities participating in our study. We have not published the university breakdown, but the individual universities have privately received their results.

O

P

Q

R

S

T


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TABLE 17

Students undertaking work experience or internships by subject

Combined Education Creative Arts & Design History & Philosophy Languages Mass Communications & Documentation Business & Administration Law Social Studies Architecture, Building & Planning Engineering & Technology Maths & Computer Sciences Physical Sciences Veterinary Science & Related Subjects Biological Sciences Subjects Allied to Medicine Medicine & Dentistry 0

10

20

30

40

PERCENTAGE

50

60

70


Lowest - 21% Highest - 41% Non-Eu

European Union

North West

North East

Yorkshire & Humberside

Scotland

Northern Ireland

Wales

East

West Midlands

East Midlands

TABLE 18

South West

South East

London

PERCENTAGE

30

Undertaking work experience/placements (by home region)

45

40

35

30

25

20

15

10

5

0


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TABLE 19

Who organised your work experience or internship?

900 800

PERCENTAGE

700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 YOUR UNIVERSITY

YOU

30%

57%

A FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND

11%

OTHER

2%


Highest - 78% Lowest - 16% Combined

Education

Creative Arts & Design

History & Philosophy

Languages

Mass Communications

Business Studies

Law

Social Studies

Architecture

Engineering & Technology

Maths & Computer Sciences

Physical Sciences

Veterinary Science & Related Subjects

TABLE 20

Biological Sciences

Subjects Allied to Medicine

Medicine & Dentistry

PERCENTAGE

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Work experience organised by university (broken down by subject)

90

80

70

60

50

40

30

20

10

0


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Work experience organised by your university (broken down by university)

TABLE 21

70

60

PERCENTAGE

50

40

30

20

10

0 A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

Highest - 63%

Letters A-T represent each of the 20 universities participating in our study. We have not published the university breakdown, but the individual universities have privately received their results.

Q

R

S

T

Lowest - 17%


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To come in part 2...

01 The extent to which employability has shaped choice of institution and course

02 Student views on sectors for future employment


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or

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