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Movers and stayers

An unusual aspect of Britain's higher education system is the extent to which young students move away from home to study. This is often interpreted simply as an expression of independence, yet it may be part of a more complex pattern. Do those who move a significant distance from home to study for their first degree get a 'taste' for mobility, casting a wider geographical net in their search for suitable employment after qualifying? If so, do they do better than those who choose to remain in their region of origin? Little is known about the geographical mobility of graduates and its relationship with career development. This presentation gives some initial insights into this complexity, revealing also country-specific effects of migration.

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Peter Elias and Kate Purcell