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The Destinations of Leavers From Higher Education 2018: 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


Destinations of Graduates Aged 25 - 39



Destinations of Graduates Aged 40+


The Office for Students states that nationally: "Mature graduates continue to do slightly better than young graduates: 77 per cent of mature graduates are in highly skilled employment or further study compared with 73 per cent for young graduates." Based on last year's 2015-16 graduates. This year's mature students graduating from Sussex exceed this figure in both the 25-39 and 40+ age groups with figures of 84% and 100% respectively. 

Office for Students - Differences in Student Outcomes


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


The Office for Students states that for 2015-16 graduates "Among female graduates, 73 per cent are in highly skilled employment or further study compared with 72 per cent of male graduates". Comparatively 82% of both male and female Sussex graduates are in either highly skilled employment or further study. However when comparing males and females in all levels of employment or further study there is a gap of 5% points with figures of 93% and 97% respectively    

Office for Students - Differences in Student Outcomes


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?

Rates Of Disability

The Department for Work and Pensions reports that in the UK "There are over 11 million people with a limiting long term illness, impairment or disability . . . [affecting] 16% of working age adults" - DWP


Graduate Destination by Ethnicity

The Office for Students states that for 2015-16 graduates: "Black graduates have a 69 per cent rate of highly skilled employment or further study, while the rate for white graduates is 74 per cent" For Sussex graduates in 2017 80% of Black graduates were in highly skilled employment or further study, compared to 82% of White graduates.

Office for Students - Differences in Student Outcomes