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    Universities, graduates and local labour markets

    Lawton Smith, Helen and Waters, R. (2019) Universities, graduates and local labour markets. Working Paper. Birkbeck College, University of London, London, UK.

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    Universities as a supplier of the highly skilled have long been understood as a contributor to economic development (Glasson 2003). However, the direct impact of graduate education at the regional level is less clearly understood. This paper investigates patterns that emerge from ‘first destination’ data for all UK universities on where graduates begin work and what they actually do in successful regions. It compares this with recent policy rhetoric, for example in the UK’s Industrial Strategy (HM Government 2017), the Adonis Growth Review 2014 and the 2014 Witty Review of Universities and Growth. It illustrates reality using case studies of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire which are both adjacent geographically and among the most competitive places in the UK, albeit with rather different HEIs. It addresses the issue of spatial differences, examining how different patterns of skills matching emerge even in adjacent regions. It also reflects on spatial mobility: whether and how the migratory behaviour of skills influences education-job match.


    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Additional Information: CIMR Research Working Paper Series no.41, ISSN 2052-062X
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): universities, highly-skilled labour markets, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Responsible Business Centre, Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 07:19
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:54


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