TASO has commissioned the the Centre for Education and Youth (CfEY) and the Education Policy Institute (EPI) to carry out a new project looking at the existing evidence on what works to tackle inequalities within higher education (HE) in the context of employment and employability.

The project marks the beginning of TASO’s work in this area, after announcing its new theme 3 (employment and employability) earlier this year. The decision to prioritise this aspect of the HE landscape came as a result of a robust prioritisation exercise which included consultation with a range of sector stakeholders. As a starting point for this new theme, we aim to understand existing evidence of what works to reduce employment and employability inequalities, and where gaps lie in the existing research. This will inform which interventions we prioritise for impact evaluation in future.

What are we doing?

The project will consist of a rapid evidence review of relevant literature and data around equality gaps in graduate employability, progression to further study and employment. Additionally, a stakeholder consultation will be carried out to gauge from the sector itself which interventions are currently being used to address inequalities in employment and employability and how they are being measured and evaluated.