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EHEA Futuretrack graduates -The transferability of (under-) graduate knowledge gained in UK HEIs within the EHEA

A small follow-up research project, funded by the Society for Research into Higher Education, eanbled Drs. Heike Behle and Charoula Tzanakou to undertake secondary data analysis of the existing Futuretrack survey data set and conduct additional interviews with a sub-sample of European mobile graduates (EMGs) to answer the research question: Under which circumstances is the production of knowledge in UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) transferable within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in terms of integration into the labour market or further training?

The research aims to: (i) Develop further knowledge of the motivations behind the migration of EMGs, (ii) Map the career development of EMGs of UK HEIs and assess the opportunities and challenges faced by them in accessing the labour market and further study, (iii) Assess the extent to which a gap exists between demand for different employability skills and the development of these skills by EMGs of UK HEIs.

The project was funded between 01/01/2013 - 31/10/2013

For further information, contact Dr Heike Behkle;


Wed 22 Oct 2014, 13:13 | Tags: Futuretrack, Graduate Labour Market, Graduate, HECSU

Futuretrack Stage 4 research report

Futuretrack Stage 4: transitions into employment, further study and other outcomes (2012)

The Stage 4 research report examines graduates' experiences of the labour market and further study five and a half years after they first applied to higher education.

Thu 07 Mar 2013, 15:20 | Tags: Futuretrack, Graduate Labour Market, Media, Employment, Graduate, Survey, HECSU

Futuretrack Conference: The changing relationship between HE and the graduate labour market

Watch online for free – Wednesday 7th November 2012 (10.15am-4.30pm)

Futuretrack is an academic research study funded by HECSU and undertaken by IER. Futuretrack has been tracking how students develop over a six year period; it surveyed 130,000 students at the time of UCAS application in 2006, twice during their period at university and finally two years after graduating. It is the most comprehensive research of the relationship between higher education and the graduate labour market ever undertaken with unprecedented levels of data.

They applied to university in 2006, and after three years of full-time study the majority graduated into one of the worst recessions in history. So, what influenced their career journey and where are they now?

HECSU will be exclusively broadcasting the findings of the Futuretrack studies at their conference on 7th November and invite you and your colleagues to watch the presentations (not the round table discussion groups, sorry) online and submit your questions to the panel via Twitter. IER Professors Kate Purcell and Peter Elias will be making presentations in a session on "From application to graduation and beyond".

Register your interest now by emailing The conference is free to view online and you can follow us at

Wed 07 Nov 2012, 10:43 | Tags: Futuretrack, HECSU

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