Find out more about the research units past and ongoing projects 


The Careers Group HEFCE Learning Gain is an ongoing project in which university students are asked career/employability based questions during their enrolment. 

The project is a three-yearHigher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) funded pilot project to investigate the use of careers registration as a measure of learning gain in relation to work readiness.


Social mobility benefits for widening participation university students of experiential work based learning 


The Research Unit, along with Careers Consultant Rae Roberts, have produced some work which evaluates the impact of an award-winning experiential work based learning programme aimed at enhancing the career development and social mobility of disadvantaged cohorts.


Led by the careers team at one of The Career Group’s member Colleges, the programme, financially supported by a leading graduate recruiter, involved facilitating teams of students from low-income backgrounds to conduct mini-consultancy projects with local businesses.  Students were also provided with wrap-around support from careers staff.  83% of surveyed participants agreed that the programme had made a difference to the types of jobs or placements they would apply for in future.  Increases in the participants’ employability-related self-efficacy scores were also identified.


This work was presented at the Education and Employers Conference in July 2016.  A paper relating to this topic is due to be published in the National Institute of Career Education and Counselling (NICEC) Journal later in 2017 and the project will also feature in a future National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) publication in the Summer of 2017.


Careers Service Information Professionals’ sense of collective identity 


The Research Unit and Rosalind Kemp, Information Officer Responsible for Digital Content, are working on a research project which explores to what extent information professionals within careers services identify themselves as a collective professional group.  The work also considers how Information Professionals view their role in relation to that of careers consultants and the wider work of the careers service.  The project will also examine how Information Professionals’ believe the content of their work has changed over recent years.


The aim is for this research to be written up as an article suitable for relevant peer-reviewed journals and for the findings of the study to be presented at relevant conferences, such as those organised by AGCAS.