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The Destinations of Leavers From Higher Education 2015: Equality Analysis

Equality Analysis

On this page we will look at graduate destinations in a number of key equalities areas. In particular this will focus on age, socio-economic classification, gender, disability and ethnicity.

First Generation Scholars


Destinations of Graduates Aged 18 - 24

Chart 1. and Table 1. show the Destinations of graduates aged up to 25


Destinations of Graduates Aged 25 - 39


Chart 2. and Table 2. show the Destinations of graduates aged between 25 and 39


Destinations of Graduates Aged 40+


Chart 3 and Table 3. show the Destinations of graduates aged 40 or above


Socio-Economic Identifier

The data in this chart is based on the socio-economic background of UK undergraduate students aged 21and over at the start of their course, or for students under 21 the socio-economic background of their parent, step-parent or guardian who earns the most. It is based on occupation, and if the parent or guardian is retired or unemployed, this is based on their most recent occupation.

The potential entries for this are:

  1. Higher managerial & professional occupations
  2. Lower managerial & professional occupations
  3. Intermediate occupations
  4. Small employers & own account workers
  5. Lower supervisory & technical occupations
  6. Semi-routine occupations
  7. Routine occupations
  8. Never worked & long-term unemployed


HESA reports that, nationally, 11% of male 2012 first degree graduates were unemployed after six months, compared to 7.2% of female graduates. This difference in unemployment between men and women represents a longstanding trend. Whilst the proportional trends between Sussex women and men reflect the national trends, the actual percentages at Sussex vary slightly from the national averages. More details of HESA's national figures for gender comparisons are in HESA Press Release 139


Chart 6. Destinations of those with a declared disability

The most recent AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) report entitled “What happens next? A report on the first destinations of Disabled graduates”.

What Happens Next? analyses the destinations of disabled graduates. The report details the experience of graduates from specific groups and aims to challenge many widely-established views on the opportunities available to disabled students.

The report answers questions such as:

• What happened to these students after they graduated?
• Were they successful in gaining employment?
• How did the jobs they entered compare to those of their non-disabled peers?
• How many progressed to further study and self-employment?
• How did specific disabilities affect graduate outcomes?


Graduate Destination by Ethnicity