The impact of social origin on graduates’ early occupational destinations – An Anglo-German comparison.

This journal article examines the impact of social origin on tertiary graduates’ labour market outcomes in Germany and the United Kingdom, two distinct countries in terms of higher education systems, labour market structures, and their linkages. Data from the 2005 REFLEX survey, OLS regression and linear probability models are used to analyse the effect of parental education on graduates’ occupational

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Why education matters for democracy

AQMeN Research Briefing 11 – Why education matters for democracy – looks at the connection between an individual’s education and their likelihood of participating in democracy. Key points: Education is the basis of democracy. People need skills and knowledge to be able to take part in civic life and to debate big political issues with each other. There are now

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The Future of Education Data in Scotland event, June 2016

We are pleased to share the presentations from ‘The Future of Education Data in Scotland’ event which took place on 13th June 2016 in collaboration with The Scottish Government Education Analysis Division. This one day seminar gave delegates an insight into the rich variety of education data sources available in Scotland and how this data is used by analysts and

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Social inequalities in graduates’ labour market outcomes: the role of spatial mobility and job opportunities

In the UK, research has consistently found that university graduates from more advantaged social classes have a better chance of entering professional or managerial jobs compared to their counterparts from less advantaged social classes. At the same time, another body of research has pointed out that spatial mobility, i.e. moving to a different area, can increase graduates’ chances of attaining

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Inequalities in school leavers’ labour market outcomes: do school subject choices matter?

Research by Cristina Iannelli and Adriana Duta on inequalities in school leavers’ labour market outcomes has been published as part of a working paper series by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at UCL. This paper examines the role of school curriculum in explaining potential gender and social inequalities in employment chances of young people who left education early, either at

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Curriculum differentiation and social inequality in higher education entry in Scotland and Ireland

Abstract This paper examines the relative importance of upper secondary subject choice and attainment in explaining social inequalities in access to higher education (HE) in Scotland and Ireland. These two countries differ in the extent of curriculum differentiation, in the degree of standardisation in school examination and in HE entry criteria. In particular, in Scotland subject choice in upper secondary

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Social inequalities in education and the graduate labour market

This AQMeN impact case study draws on research from the Education and Social Stratification programme and highlights the impact of evidence around social inequalities in higher education and the labour market. Findings from this research have influenced the recommendations by the Scottish Government Commission on Widening Access, specifically around the role of school subject choice for reproducing inequalities. Read the

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Education and Social Stratification research media coverage

2017: 7th July 2017 – ‘I’m less than positive that destination data is sound’ Cristina Iannelli wrote an opinion piece for the Times Educational Supplement Scotland (TESS) 28 Jun 2017 – Subject choices do not help employment hopes of poorer students, study finds Herald Scotland’s Gerry Braiden looks at the findings from Cristina Iannelli and Adriana Duta on the labour

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Inequalities in fields of study

There are two areas of focus for this project: 1. Gender inequalities in STEM fields of study This study examines how the institutional features of upper-secondary and higher education entry systems shape gender-specific choice of field of study. We adopt a cross-country approach by comparing the mediating role of upper secondary subject choice for gender segregation in higher education in

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Social inequalities in graduates’ labour market outcomes

There are a number of areas of focus within this project: 1. Social inequalities in graduates’ occupational destinations This project aimed to assess whether and to what extent social inequalities in early occupational destinations among graduates exist. In a comparative framework, we asked whether the effect of social origin on graduates’ occupational attainment differs between Germany and the UK, two

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