How to improve graduate employment?

The Tories want to build a website to help graduate employment according to THE:

A Conservative government would establish a web service designed to help students choose degree courses that are most likely to lead to a graduate-level job. Adam Afriyie, the Shadow Universities Minister, said that £5 million would be invested to establish a site that would “show people the number of students enrolled on a specific course and the number of job vacancies requesting graduates from these courses”. He said it would “enable students to gain a better understanding of graduate employment prospects”.

Whilst providing additional information about employment prospects to inform prospective students might be seen as helpful, this really is a pretty unrealistic proposition (most job adverts are not quite this specific), quite unnecessary given all the other data available and seems just a little overpriced. And we really do have enough league tables already, don’t we?


Tories take new line on Students’ Unions

Follow up to earlier post on Willetts speech.

After his widely reported statements on fees, David Willetts also commented (generally not noticed by the press) on Students’ Unions:

“We value student unions. We salute them and what they achieve for and on behalf of students. Without them, universities would be much poorer institutions, as would the employers, causes and political parties who take on their alumni.”

Bit of a change there then. Perhaps he is fortunate that most SU members of today don’t remember the introduction of the 1994 Education Act or the then government’s (ultimately unsuccessful) efforts prior to that date to require voluntary opt-in membership for these now hugely valued bodies.