Centre for Policy Studies in Education

Mass Higher Education and the Labour Market

Professor Ken Mayhew, Director of Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) and Professor of Education and Economic Performance, University of Oxford

Date: 28 May 2012 4:30 to 7:00
Location: Great Woodhouse Room, University House

Audio Recording of the Seminar

Ken Mayhew – Mass Higher Education and the Labour Market [MP3: 26MB]

There is increasing debate about the appropriate size and composition of the HE sector in the UK.  In our depressed labour market, many graduates find it difficult to get jobs and, for those who do obtain employment, concern has been expressed that their skills are being under-utilised.  This latter concern has been with us for some years and has led some commentators to argue that too many young people are going to university.  In this seminar I will attempt to unpack these issues.  This will involve not just an examination of the links between HE and the world of work, but consideration of what is happening within universities themselves.

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