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Evaluating graduate skills development in Scotland

February 2020

Scottish universities successfully prepare their students for employment, according to graduate and employer responses to a survey

Key findings

  • 77% of graduate respondents said that their higher education institution (HEI) gave them the opportunity to gain a broad range of skills, allowing them to feel prepared for the workplace.
  • All employer respondents felt that Scottish HEIs adequately prepare graduates for the workplace.
  • 25 out of 30 employers agreed that having a degree was important.
  • Just over half (56%) of graduates said there were no barriers to themselves or others in relation to accessing skills development opportunities.
  • 81% of graduates felt that being at university enabled them to develop appropriate digital skills in some way.
  • 66% of graduates said that they are well equipped to live and work in a global society as a direct result of attending university.

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Graduates' and employers' views of graduate skills development

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About the report

QAA Scotland commissioned AGCAS Scotland to research the views of employers and graduates on the skills developed by students at Scottish HEIs, the latest examples of best practice, where the gaps are in provision and any areas that can be developed. This report builds on previous work, such as the Graduates for the 21st Century Enhancement Theme.

The main aim of the research was to understand the perspectives of graduates in all degree disciplines, primarily their access to skills development opportunities and the range of degrees that offer appropriate digital skills and prepare graduates to live and work in a global society.

Shelley Morgan is a graduate recruitment manager at ScotGrad and projects consultant at the University of Edinburgh.

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