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Funded by The British Academy (2021-2024)

Care-Experienced Graduates’ Decision-Making, Choices, and Destinations

About the project

The Care-Experienced Graduates' Decision-Making, Choices and Destinations project explores the transition out of higher education and into employment and/or further study for care-experienced graduates in England and Scotland.

The project seeks to understand care-experienced students' plans for after graduation, their choices and decisions informing these plans, and actual graduate destinations. In doing this, the project intends to make recommendations for policy and practice to support graduate transitions.

Why am I researching this?

Very little is currently known about care-experienced graduates' transitions out of higher education and into employment and/or further study. An understanding of these experiences is now needed to help inform future developments in policy and practice.

Project updates

The project completed data collection for Phase One in June 2022. This involved interviewing 23 care-experienced final year higher education students across England and Scotland to understand their graduate plans. Analysis is now underway, and a report of the Phase One findings will be made available later in 2022. 

Phase Two, which will revisit participants approximately six months after graduation, will commence in October 2022. 

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What would participation involve?

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