Gone International: the value of mobility, is the second in our series of Gone International cohort studies. This report looks at the profile and outcomes of UK-domiciled, first degree students who graduated in 2013/14, responded to the Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey, and undertook a period of mobility abroad. It explores who goes abroad (gender, subject, ethnicity, socioeconomic background), where they go, and what they do after they graduate (academic and employment outcomes).
The full report can be found here
Key findings include:
- Improved outcomes for mobile students compared to their non-mobile peers:
- Unemployment rates among mobile students were lower across almost all socioeconomic backgrounds, with 5% of mobile graduates unemployed six months after graduation compared to 7% of their non-mobile peers.
- the average salary of a mobile student six months after graduation was £21,349 (compared to £20,519 for a non-mobile student).
- A higher proportion of mobile students achieved a First Class (1st) or Upper Second Class (2.i) in their degree (81%) compared with non-mobile students (72%).
- Improved employment outcomes for students from disadvantaged backgrounds and BME students, who are underrepresented in mobility:
- A significantly lower proportion of graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds who were mobile were unemployed (5.0%) compared with those from the same backgrounds who were not mobile (6.2%).
- Mobile black and Asian students were less likely to be unemployed 6 months after graduation than their non-mobile peers. 9.9% of non-mobile black graduates were unemployed compared to 5.4% of black mobile graduates; and 9.5% of non-mobile Asian graduates were unemployed compared to 4.4% of Asian mobile students.
Press release here
You can also view our Storify on the report launch .