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HEA Statistics Newsletter Quarter 1 2023

Welcome to the fifth edition of the HEA Quarterly Statistics Newsletter.

We have plenty of new releases for you in this edition. Firstly, two Graduate Outcomes related reports, one on Graduate Outcomes for Graduates with Disabilities and Graduate Outcomes by Socio-Economic Status.

We also have four info-bytes - Regional Mobility of Irish Graduates, Law Graduates, STEM in HE in Ireland and Women in STEM.

Our featured dashboard in this report is on Non-progression and Completion of New Entrants. There is also a section outlining news of the latest key dates, deadlines and events.

We hope you find this newsletter interesting and informative, let us know your feedback, or anything you would like included in future editions, at [email protected]. You can sign up to receive this newsletter direct to your inbox here.

 
Graduate Outcomes & Disability

This report explores graduate outcomes for graduates with a disability, and it does so by linking the HEA's Equal Access Survey data with the HEA's Graduate Outcomes Survey.

Our website has the latest statistics available in an online report, complemented by a series of interactive dashboards.  The key findings are as follows:

  • A total of 69% of graduates with a disability were in employment nine months after graduation (full-time, part-time or due to start a job); and this figure ranged from 57% to 74% depending on the nature of the disability. This compares with 74% of graduates with no disability.
  • The proportion of graduates with a disability pursuing further study (full-time or part-time) was 20%, compared with 19% of graduates without a disability.  The figures for those with a disability ranged between 17% of graduates with a learning disability and 25% for graduates with multiple disabilities.
  • A total of 7% of graduates with a disability were unemployed, compared with 5% of graduates with no disability.
  • In terms of occupational groupings of employed graduates, 47% of graduates with a disability were employed in Professional occupations vs 56% of graduates with no disability. Between 41% and 53% of graduates with different types of disability were employed in Professional occupations.
  • The most common sector of employment for all graduates was Human Health and Social Work Activities at 16% for graduates with a disability and 16% without.  The sector with the largest difference was Financial, Insurance and Real Estate activities with 12% of graduates with a disability employed in this sector, compared to 16% of graduates with no disability.
  • Across all graduates, permanent contracts were the most common form of contract type.  A total of 56% of graduates with a disability had a permanent contract compared to 55% of those with no disability.
  • 55% of graduates with a disability said that their course was either very relevant or relevant to their job; and this compares with 60% of graduates with no disability.
  •     Graduates with disabilities were more represented in each of the lower salary bands; up to salaries of €20,000-€24,999. In each band thereafter graduates with no disabilities had a higher share of their total group than those with a disability.

You can access data on other destinations of graduates, employment details, graduate earnings and methodology information at the link below.

Read Graduate Outcomes & Disability Report here
 
 
 
Graduate Outcomes & Socio-Economic Status

This report explores graduate outcomes for various Socio-Economic Groups, and it does so by linking the  the HEA's Graduate Outcomes Survey to Small Area Deprivation Index Scores (DIS) which in turn are used to assess the socio-economic profile of graduates in Ireland. This report is focused on the graduating class of 2020.

Our website has the latest statistics available in an online report, complemented by a series of interactive dashboards.  The key findings are as follows:

  • Overall, almost one in five graduates from the class of 2020 were from affluent backgrounds while fewer than one in 10 were from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • The overall average deprivation index score was 2.3. Across degree levels, those graduating with an undergraduate degree were from less affluent areas (1.8) than those graduating with a postgraduate degree (3.7).
  • On average female graduates were less affluent than males, albeit the gap was relatively small between the two groups (2.1 versus 2.5). This holds true for those graduating with an undergraduate and a postgraduate degree.
  • One in four Social Sciences, Journalism & Information graduates were from affluent backgrounds, while the average DIS was 3.6. In contrast, there was an equal proportion of Services graduates from disadvantaged/marginally below average backgrounds as there was from affluent/marginally above average backgrounds. At 14%, Services had the highest share of graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Overall, 67% of graduates were in full-time employment nine months after graduation with a further 6% in part-time employment. Little variation between DIS groups in terms of employment levels is observed. At 17%, affluent graduates have the highest proportion pursuing further studies, compared to 15% across all DIS groups and just 13% for disadvantaged graduates. Disadvantaged graduates report the largest share of unemployed graduates (9%), while affluent graduates report the lowest share (6%).
  • Human Health and Social Work Activities was the largest sector of employment (17%) followed by Education (16%) and Financial, Insurance and Real Estate Activities (13%). A relatively large proportion of affluent graduate’s work in Financial, Insurance and Real Estate Activities (17%) and ICT (9%) compared to the overall average.
  • 56% of working graduates reported working in Professional occupations. The share of affluent graduates working in Professional occupations was largest at 60% and lowest for disadvantaged graduates at 51%. This difference is largely explained by the fact that a larger share of disadvantaged graduates work in Sales and Customer Service (10%) and Caring, Leisure and Other Service occupations (7%) than the overall average.

You can access data on other destinations of graduates, employment details, graduate earnings and methodology information at the link below.

Read Graduate Outcomes & Socio-Economic Status Report here
 
 
 
Featured Dashboard: Non-Progression and Completion of New Entrants

This dashboard provides an overview of non-progression and completion rates of first year new entrants into Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), drawn from data returned from HEA funded institutions to the HEA's Student Record System database (SRS).

Click on each icon for more information on that area and you will also be directed to more detailed interactive dashboards.

Non-Progression & Completion Dashboard
 
 
 
Did you know...?
We have produced four info-byte reports so far in 2023. These were short reports on: 1. Regional Mobility of Irish Graduates 2. Law Graduates 3. STEM in HE in Ireland and 4. Women in STEM. These are 5-minute reads, less than 10 pages long. Check these out here.
Research Info-Byte Series
 
Key deadlines, events and reports

March Student Record System returns: A reminder that the SRS upload facility for the March 2023 data is now open.

The deadline for the March student record returns is the 31st of March.  HEIs with queries should contact [email protected]

Forthcoming reports: In Q2 2023 further info-bytes will be released, among these will be a short report on Medical Education in Ireland.  We will feature these in our 2023 Q2 issue.

Graduate Outcomes Survey: We will also begin the Class of 2022 Graduate Outcomes Survey with a census date of 31st of March. Stay tuned for more details. 

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