London Metropolitan University Research Institutes


Graduate Access to the Labour Market

Funded by:

London Metropolitan University


May 2005 - January 2006

This study aimed to investigate London Metropolitan University graduates' access to the labour market. A questionnaire survey and semi-structured interviews one year after graduation were used to develop a more in-depth understanding of the university/labour market transition for these graduates. Other research has suggested that ethnicity, social class and gender impact on labour market outcomes for graduates, and this will be explored in the current study.

Specifically the study aimed to:

  • Investigate graduate aspirations and expectations in relation to the labour market and employment in their chosen field
  • Explore any gaps in graduates' knowledge and understanding of their chosen career destinations
  • Identify the resources graduates use (course/university, personal, family, etc) to support successful university/ labour market transition
  • Identify factors which appear to hinder successful employment outcomes for these graduates
  • Seek graduates' recommendations for course/university developments to support and enhance graduate employment
  • Inform the further development of the undergraduate curriculum and student support services in relation to graduate employment


The final report for the project - Leathwood, C. & Moreau, M-P. (2006) Graduate Access to the Labour Market: a study of graduates of London Metropolitan University, London: IPSE - is available to London Metropolitan University staff on request from Nathan Fretwell.

Project team:

Carole Leathwood
Marie-Pierre Moreau


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