University of Leicester’s findings feature in Alan Milburn report

Posted by pt91 at Oct 19, 2012 03:46 PM |
University contributes to important Government report on social mobility

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 19 October 2012

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Evidence from the University of Leicester has played an important part in a key Government-commissioned report on social mobility in higher education.

Former Labour MP Alan Milburn published his report University Challenge: How Higher Education Can Advance Social Mobility. The report looks at how open universities are to pupils from poorer backgrounds – as well as the outcomes open to students once they leave university.

The report features data submitted by the University, which shows that most employers target the universities with the highest proportion of relatively well-off students.

Bob Athwal, Director of the Careers Development Service at the University, said: “Employers are aware through research that the Association of Graduate Recruiters conducted that there is a hidden talent pool in many Universities outside the traditional targeted ones. At the University of Leicester we are working with several key employers to demonstrate that.

“I hope this report spurs on those employers that don’t go outside the traditionally targeted universities to do so. However, it is important that universities respond and prepare students appropriately so that employers have every reason to come to their campuses in the first place.”

The evidence led Mr Milburn to comment that “there is a vicious cycle as many employers target a relatively narrow pool of universities, increasing the chance of applicants from those universities, which in turn leads to better outcomes for those students”.

He concludes that “the top employers in particular need to broaden the range of universities from which they recruit”.

Mr Milburn’s recommendations will now be considered by the Government.

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