News digest #4

Mar 10, 2022 | Sector & policy

Student recruitment and development

  • Research found that overall, there is a preference for work in large organisations after graduation, with only 14% of graduates surveyed preferring to work for an SME, reported the ISE.
  • There is evidence that the values of today’s graduates tend to orientate towards higher purpose, with a report from Deloitte revealing that “younger generations want to work for companies with a purpose beyond profit”, writes Steve Mowforth from the Coventry University Talent Team.

Labour market

  • Reporters reflect how women are still overwhelmingly over-represented in low-paid, low-status jobs, a so-called horizontal segregation on International Women’s Day 2022.
  • A new study reveals that over a third of tradeswomen (89%) aren’t taken seriously as a result of their gender, and one in seven (15%) had had safety concerns at work.
  • Lorraine Kelly sparks fierce debate about classism and class divides at work when she swore on morning television.



  • Students in England are being hit by stealth cuts and tax rises by the government as they use high inflation to “quietly tighten the financial screws”.
  • Is a degree still a good investment? New student loan rules will see graduates paying their loans well into their 60’s. In the long run, nurses will pay more than bankers.
  • The National Audit Office found that there is a sharp rise in the number of universities in deficit. The study highlights how the higher education sector has been under increasing financial strain, and Covid-19 has only added to the pressure.
  • A new study found that over a third of UK students said that the pandemic had an impact on either their degree or university choices reported the ISE.
  • A new study highlights that those who had undertaken higher education are significantly less likely to develop dementia in their 40’s and 50’s.
  • The ‘stealthy’ change in student loan terms is set to have huge impacts on students, effectively contributing to inflation and stagnating potential wage growth.



  • The Ukraine conflict looks likely to push up energy prices even further, with knock-on effects leading to worsening cost of living crisis for students.
  • British people are reportedly willing to suffer financial hardship in the coming months as the UK economy takes a hit from the Ukraine crisis, in solidarity with Ukrainians under attack from Putin’s regime.
  • Ukraine war labelled as a ‘catastrophe’ for the global economy as stock markets plunge this week.
  • Britain relies too heavily on London and other major cities for skills and high wage jobs. The Government’s Levelling Up White Paper was a “stark reminder” of the regional inequalities faced by young people each day, and highlight apprenticeships as the way forward to end regional jobs gaps for young people.
  • Many college graduates may be caught unaware of the cost of living as the finish university, creating potential for financial instability and poor financial health.
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