Wil joined IER as a Research Fellow in 2017, having recently completed his PhD at Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth. His PhD research examined the role internships play in the UK graduate labour market and considers how the practice fits in with theories of labour market change and transitions from education to employment. The research finds that, contrary to popular belief, internships (particularly unpaid ones) do not always confer advantages in the labour market, and while less privileged graduates are less likely to do internships, paid or unpaid, it is the more advantageous paid internships that they struggle to secure. Prior to starting his PhD Wil worked for a number of years at the Institute for Employment Studies where his research encompassed a wide range of education and work related topics, including: higher education, the graduate labour market, career patterns of PhD and creative graduates, student finances and support arrangements, student choices and graduate flows, health and safety in the workplace, and employers’ use of migrant labour. Wil is experienced in the use of both quantitative and qualitative research methods. On the quantitative side this includes: design and analysis of primary surveys; analysis of large scale secondary datasets (e.g. DLHE and LFS); bivariate and multivariate analysis techniques. Qualitative skills include: in-depth interviews (face-to-face and telephone); focus groups; and the use of Computer Aided Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS).
- Degrees of Advantage? A longer-term investigation of the careers of UK graduates. With Chris Warhust, Peter Elias and Gaby Atfield. Funded by: Nuffield Foundation. Project Start Date: 01/04/2018 - Project End Date: 30/09/2019 [details]
- Investment in Technology. With Chris Warhust and Sudipa Sarkar. Funded by CIPD. Project Start Date: 01/03/2018 - Project End Date: 30/10/2018 [details]
- Digitisation of work processes. With Chris Warhust and Sally Wright. Funded by European Commission. Project Start Date 13/08/2018 - Project end Date: 12/10/2018 [details]
- The wider (non-market) benefits of post 18 education. With Gaby Atfield, Beate Baldauf, Daria Luchinskaya, Peter Dickinson and Alan Brown. Funded by Department for Edcuation. Project Start Date: 16/04/18 - Project End Date: 31/07/2018. [details]
- Literature Review of Student Choices at 18. With Peter Dickinson, Beate Baldauf and Alan Brown. Funded by the Department for Education. Project Start Date: 16/04/2018 - Project End Date: 31/07/2018 [details]
- Post education job and career choices. With Beate Baldauf, Daria Luchinskaya, Peter Dickinson and Alan Brown. Funded by Department for Edcuation. Project Start Date: 16/04/2018 - Project End Date: 31/07/2018 [details]
- QuInnE, H2020 EURO SOCIETY 2014, Topic: EURO 2 2014. With Chris Warhust, Sally Wright, Daria Luchinska,, Sudip Sarkar, Anne Green and Duncan Gallie (University of Oxford). Funded by: European Commission. Project Start Date 01/07/2015 - Project End Date 30/06/2018 [details]
- Hunt, W. & Scott, P. (2017). Participation in paid and unpaid internships among creative and communications graduates: does class advantage play a part? In R. Waller, N. Ingram & Ward, M. (Eds.) Higher Education and Social Inequalities: University admissions, experiences and outcomes. London: BSA/Routledge.
Lyonette, C., Hunt, W. and Baldauf, B. (2017) Occupations and skills of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Graduates. British Academy. [view report]
- Pollard, E., Hunt, W., Hillage, J., Drever, E., Chanfreau, J., Coutinho, S. & Poole, E. (2013). Student Income and Expenditure Survey 2011/12: English-domiciled Students. (BIS Research Paper 115). London: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
- Pollard, E., Connor, H., & Hunt, W. (2011). Mapping Provision and Participation in Postgraduate Creative Arts and Design. In D. Bhagat and P. O'Neill (Eds.), Inclusive Practices, Inclusive Pedagogies: Learning from widening participation research in art and design higher education. London: Council for Higher Education in Art and Design, University of the Arts London.
- Hunt, W. (2010). Creative Graduates, Creative Futures. Graduate Market Trends: The HECSU Journal, Autumn.
- Hunt, W., Jagger, N., Metcalfe, J., & Pollard, E. (2010). What do researchers do? Doctoral graduate destinations and impact three years on, 2010. (Vitae Report). Cambridge: The Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Ltd.
- Hunt, W., Ball, L., & Pollard, E. (2010). Crafting Futures: A study of the early careers of crafts graduates from UK higher education institutions. London: Crafts Council.
- Ball, L., Pollard, E., & Stanley, N., with Dumelow, I., Hunt, W., & Oakley, J. (2010). Creative Graduates, Creative Futures. Council for Higher Education in Art and Design, (Report 471). London: University of the Arts, London.
- Pollard, E., Hunt, W,, Sumption, F., Cowling, M., Millmore, B. (2010). The Brighton Factor Revisited Does it work and is it important? (IES Report 473). Brighton: Institute for Employment Studies.
- Tamkin, P., Cowling, M., & Hunt, W. (2008). People and the Bottom Line. (Report 448). Brighton: Institute for Employment Studies.
- Tyers, C., Connor, H., Pollard, E., Bates, P., & Hunt, W. (2006). Welsh Graduates and their Jobs: Employment and Employability in Wales. Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.
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