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The survey has now closed. Responses to the survey will be used to inform the next stages of the review. Please contact Duncan Shermer or Joe Garrood if you would like to input into the review.

Letter of invitation to complete short evidence gathering survey 

Download the Letter of invitation to complete short evidence gathering survey as PDF (312 KB)

Aims of the review

This review is a direct response to the Government’s science and innovation strategy. It aims to explore some of the issues around the employability of STEM graduates. 

In particular it will develop a clear and sound understanding of: 

  • the skills requirements of employers how STEM graduates interact with the labour market
  • how existing accreditation systems support and enable this. 

The review will not seek to make explicit recommendations on specific accreditation regimes. Instead it will seek to identify options for future, more in-depth, exploration of specific STEM subjects and their associated graduate outcomes. In forming this picture, the review is looking to draw on a wide range of views and perspectives, across industry, professional bodies and the higher education sector.   


Professional accreditation is a key part of the review’s focus. Systems of professional accreditation in many cases help individuals on higher education courses to pursue the skills they will need in industry. 

These systems for STEM are complex and various, and so the review will consider how they relate to graduate employment and if they are fit-for-purpose. 

Conduct of the review

Sir William Wakeham is leading the review. Its full terms of reference are available below. The review will produce a report to ministers by the end of 2015.


Page last updated 27 July 2015