Current Projects

What New Skills Will Graduate Require in the Future?

The labour market for graduates is constantly evolving and job applicants are often expected to have new types of academic and non-academic skills.  How can universities ensure their students acquire the most sought-after new skills that will make them most successful in their jobs? Our new Erasmus+ project aims at establishing a labour market to higher education feedback loop that will help universities to keep up to date with the new skill requirements.
The project, which is led by the University of Glasgow, started in September 2020 and is expected to complete in August 2023.  See the funder website for updates: Employability Programme Development (EPD).

Labour Market Outcomes of Minority Graduates

Are there differences in labour market outcomes of university graduates by gender, ethnicity, religion, disability and social class?  Do differences in attitudes to the labour market lead to differences in job preferences and job search strategies?  Do differences in job preferences and job search strategies lead to differences in labour market outcomes?  How can we reduce such differences?
Results on labour market inequalities for UK graduates can be found here.

Ethnic Inequalities and Geographical Location

Ethnic minorities tend to concentrate in urban and in deprived areas.  How much are occupational segregation and ethnic wage gaps in the UK the result of the geographical location of ethnic minorities?  Find results for the UK here.

Wellbeing and Work

Work and employment affect and are affected by wellbeing.   We focus on the relationship between wellbeing (life satisfaction) and labour market outcomes:
1. Is the negative effect of unemployment on life satisfaction the same for everybody? Find our initial results here.
2. Is there always a positive effect of a job change on life satisfaction?
3. Are happier students more likely to find a job when they first enter the labour market?  Find our initial results here.

The Impact of Pension Reforms on Women born in the 1950s

Women born in the 1950s in the UK have been subjected to successive pension changes which have seriously impacted their welfare and that of their families and communities. The WASPI campaign explains the issues in detail. We will assess the impact beyond affected women’s incomes (which has thus far been the sole focus of the government’s response) and into wider welfare effects to the women themselves (their mental and physical health) their families and communities (as they are often carers of grandchildren, of partners and other family members as well as volunteers in their communities).
Find the initial results here, and the non-technical summary here.