Employability and graduate outcomes for sports students with widening participation characteristics – an analysis of a data derived from 2000-2015

Andrea Cameron, Yvette Wharton, Jennifer Scally

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The advent of the Teaching Excellence Framework has placed increased focus on graduate outcomes, widening participation and learning gain within the Higher Education sector. However, it is acknowledged that there is an ‘unequal playing field’ with regard to graduate employment with socio-economic background viewed as the primary determinant of the graduate’s future (UUK, 2016). The authors conducted a study tracking career trajectories for those students graduating from an Abertay sports degree programme in the time period 2000-2015. These programmes were originally only offered as advanced entry routes for students with further education awards enabling them to extend their qualifications and access graduate employment.
The programmes have evolved over the study period and now offer a range of entry points. This presentation will consider employability outcomes for those completing studies from ‘first in family homes’, from lower socioeconomic households, and for those who enrolled with a further education qualification.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2017
EventSRHE Annual Research Conference: Higher Education Rising to the Challenge: balancing expectations of students, society and stakeholders - Celtic Manor, Newport, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Dec 20178 Dec 2017


ConferenceSRHE Annual Research Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom


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