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Research project: The Impact of Covid-19 on Recent Graduates’ Career Decisions and Outcomes

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This project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of the URKI/ESRC’s open call for research to tackle the impact of Covid-19. This project is in partnership with the Association for Graduate Careers and Advisory Services (AGCAS).

Dates: November 2020 - November 2021

The aim of this project is to generate significant insight on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on graduates’ immediate and potentially longer-term employment prospects and how they are adapting to this challenge. In addition to providing insight on the effects on recent graduates’ integration into the labour market, including how they draw on different career management behaviours and resources, the study will reveal the differential impacts on a recent cohort of graduates.  This is a longitudinal study using a mixed methods approach to track graduates over the first year of graduation since the time of the pandemic.

A major outcome of the project is the sharing of data with both supporting institutions and the HE practitioner community to enable them to use this as a basis for developing provision. This will enable them to map high-impact policy and practice changes in response to graduates’ experience.

Related research groups

Leadership, Effective Education & Policy
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