General Postgraduate

Please refer to the ‘Undergraduate Further Reading’ pages for information on lifelong learning, gender, university management and general information.

Artess,J.,  Ball,C., Forbes, P and Hughes,T. (2014) Taught Postgraduate Employability and Employer Engagement: Masters with a purpose, Manchester : HESCU This report attempts to address the information gap around employer engagement with postgraduate taught provision. The study is based on analysis of available data and consultation with universities and employers. Available here

Aud, S., Hussar, W., Kena, G., Bianco, K., Frohlich, L., Kemp, J., Tahan, K. (2011) The Condition of Education 2011-Postbaccalaureate enrollment, U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office
This indicator document provides an outline of Postbaccalaureate enrollment (Graduate level and first professional) in the USA . Available here

Council of Canadian Academies (2012) Strengthening Canada’s Research Capacity: The Gender Dimension The Expert Panel on Women in University Research, Ottowa: Council of Canadian Academies
The university environment has undergone major changes in the past four decades. Despite decades of women’s underrepresentation on campus, gender parity in terms of student enrolment was reached in 1989 (see Chapter 3). Women now outnumber men as undergraduate and master’s students and represent nearly half of all PhD students. Although women have outnumbered men at the student level for over 20 years, these changes have not necessarily been reflected to the extent one would expect in the ranks of the professoriate, particularly at the levels of full professor and senior administration. What policies and what societal, cultural, and institutional, economic, and other relevant factors influence the career trajectory of women researchers in Canadian universities and underlie gender disparities observed in Canadian university researcher’s statistical profile, by discipline area, rank, duty/position/stature, salary, tenure, research funding and any other relevant indicators? Available here

Council for Industry and Higher Education (2010) Talent Fishing-What Businesses Want from Postgraduates: A CIHE Report for Department of Business Innovation and Skills, London: CIHE The research was undertaken by CIHE between late December 2009 and early February 2010. It looked at the opinions of HR Directors and other senior managers from industrial and business services sectors towards postgraduate study. It included many of the UK’s major businesses, multinational organisations as well as a number of smaller organisations. Available here

Lindley, J. and Machin, S. (2013) The Postgraduate Premium:  Revisiting Trends in Social Mobility and Educational Inequalities in Britain and America, London: Sutton Trust
This report revisits the debate about why social mobility levels are relatively low in Great Britain and the United States of America compared to other countries. It focuses on three main areas within this debate: the changing role of educational inequalities; the expectation of ever higher levels of education as revealed in increasing numbers of workers holding postgraduate degrees; and potential differences by gender. Available here

Redman, J. and Montgomery, J. (2014) What do graduates do? Manchester: Higher Education Careers Services Unit and Graduate Careers Advisory Services The report takes a look at the graduate labour market. Available here

Reichert, S. and Tauch, C. (2005) Trends IV: European Universities Implementing the Bologna Process, Brussels: European University
Trends IV provides the only European-wide analysis of how universities are responding to the challenges of implementing the Bologna reforms. Demonstrating that there is widespread support for reform, the report describes what has been achieved and identifies issues that remain to be tackled. It is thus a significant publication for all those concerned with European higher education, whether universities and students, or governments, business and industry, and other stakeholders. Available here

Wakeling,P., Hancock, S.  and Ewart, A (2017) Evaluation of the Postgraduate Support Scheme 2015/16 Report to HEFCE, York: University York This report evaluates the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Postgraduate Support Scheme 2015/16 (PSS2). The scheme was launched in December 2014, following an announcement of £50M funding in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s 2014 Autumn Statement to address concerns about funding for taught postgraduate (PGT) programmes for UK/European Union (EU) graduates. Available here