|Topic:||Further and higher education|
A report examined the careers of social science graduates. Using data from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, the report highlighted that, three and a half years after graduating, a greater proportion of social science graduates were in employment, compared with graduates from science, technology, engineering, mathematics or arts and humanities subjects. The report also noted a higher proportion of social science graduates in managerial and senior official roles, when compared at the same point in time.
Source: What Do Social Science Graduates Do?, Campaign for Social Science
Funders announced that fifteen universities would receive £19.5 million for teaching quantitative methods in the social sciences. Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the 'Q-Step' programme was designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training, aimed at addressing the shortage of quantitative analysis skills in the sector. A total of 53 new full-time posts would be created as a result of the programme, with centres to begin planning and rolling out their programme of activities in October 2013.
Source: Press release 2 October 2013, Nuffield Foundation
A report examined the latest trends in participation in higher education among young people in England. The report noted a continuing large difference in participation rates between young people living in the most and least advantaged areas. It also noted differences in the participation rates across the different regions of England.
Source: Trends in Young Participation in Higher Education, Higher Education Funding Council for England