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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - www.hefce.ac.uk - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.

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STEM graduate employment and accreditation  

The Government commissioned an Independent Review led by Sir William Wakeham to understand the employment situation among STEM graduates and the role of accreditation of courses.   

Key findings 

The review looked across the whole of STEM to investigate whether any disciplines other than computer sciences had concerns about graduate employment outcomes.  

Together with broad recommendations on HE providers working in partnership with industry, the review recommends the following discipline-specific actions:

  • Targeted investigation of poor employment outcomes for graduates from three economically important disciplines: biological sciences; earth, marine and environmental sciences; and agriculture, animal sciences and food sciences.
  • Further work to establish the extent of concerns relating to aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering and engineering design graduates, and ensure these disciplines remain able to meet employer demands.
  • Exploration by the Science Council of an overall accreditation framework for the science disciplines. 

Conduct of the review

Sir William Wakeham led the review with the support of an advisory group which considered the findings arising throughout the course of the review and helped to inform the final report. The terms of reference for the review are available below.

Page last updated 6 February 2017