This report is the fourth in a series providing analysis of the higher education (HE) journey of young London residents as they progress from 16-18 institutions on to their higher education study and beyond. The report also looks at achievement at university and graduate employment. Taken together, the four years of data analysis span a significantly changing period in HE – the year before the increase in tuition fees to a maximum of £9,000 per year; the first year of the higher fees, and the two years following the introduction of higher fees.
The 2014 analysis showed the considerable and varied impact of the introduction of higher tuition fees in London, resulting in a significant decrease in the number of young people progressing to higher education. This year’s report indicates the level of recovery after two years and the variability of recovery across London boroughs.
Our primary aim in producing these reports is to assist London local authorities to map the whole of the higher education journey of their young people, and the research aims to not only provide an illustration of that journey, but to also evidence the value of higher education to young people in London in terms of their early graduate employment six months after completing their higher education studies.
Information on the numbers of young people progressing to Higher Education in London has always been of interest to London local authorities, but it has taken on added importance as more and more jobs in London now and in the future are expected to be at graduate levels 4 and 5, with an emphasis on specialist degrees.