This literature review is part of a six-month longitudinal project for the Connect Benefit Series 2021-22 on Student Success, which focuses on embedding employability in higher education as well as a second theme of access, retention, attainment and progression.
This literature review aims to identify specific impact and evidence in relation to embedding employability within higher education since the most recent Advance HE literature review from 2016. Conducted by a research team from Oxford Brookes University consisting of Dr Roger Dalrymple, Associate Dean: Student Outcomes; Dr Andrea Macrae, Principal Lecturer, Stylistics and Student Experience; Dr Maia Pal, Senior Lecturer in International Relations; and Dr Shirley Shipman, Principal Lecturer (Student Experience) and Programme Lead (Law), the review focuses on peer-reviewed journal articles on employability within higher education which present and/or discuss evidence of 'what works'.
The review illustrates the dominant themes in the literature since 2016, with discussion of how employability has been theorised, critiqued and challenged in this time, featuring examples of long-term cohort studies, case studies, international comparative studies, and analysis of employability outcomes in relation to large-scale data sets.
Advance HE Members can access the literature review below, along with a searchable data set, a guide on searching the data set and an infographic detailing some key aspects of the review.