PhD bursaries available at iCeGS


iCeGS is currently recruiting PhD students. We have two types of bursaries available (fully-funded and fees only).

We have a fully funded PhD available on the following project

The University is also advertising 40 fees only bursaries for students who are able to take up a full-time PhD on this basis. We would welcome applications for these funded PhD projects on any relevant topic.

Please see the iCeGS website for more information on doctoral programmes within the centre.


Just what is the truth about the scale of school + business interaction?

This is a very good piece of summary from Secondary CEIAG


Education is like all other areas of public policy in that there are always plenty of people offering plenty of solutions. As any practitioner in the field will tell you, many of those suggested solutions can take more inspiration from the ideals of the proposer rather than the actual state of affairs on the ground and, sometimes, even getting a clear enough picture of the state of affairs on the ground can be tricky enough.

With this in mind I thought it would be useful to compare and contrast five (semi) recent surveys and reports that are actually attempting to do just that in regard to the scale and scope of the links currently held between schools and the world of business. This is a hot policy potato with the Government having already prescribed the medicine with early steps of the newly formed £20m Careers Company expected in September.

So, what do…

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London ambitions: shaping a successful careers offer for all Londoners (Careers England Policy Commentary 31)

I wrote a brief post welcoming the launch of London Ambitions a couple of weeks ago.

I’ve now produced a policy commentary on it for Careers England. I think that one of the key implications of this report is a shift in the locus of policy towards localities. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in other localities.

Mapping careers provision in schools and colleges in England

A new piece of research has just been released by the Department for Education that looks at careers work in schools.

Gibson, S., Oliver, L., Dennison-CooperGibson, M. (2015). Mapping Careers Provision in Schools and Colleges in England. London: DfE.

The report is based on a survey of 107 schools. The survey seems to have been an open response survey which was sent out to 500 schools and so is likely to have some non-response bias in it. Given our findings in Advancing Ambitions and other reports about the diversity of provision across England this is a serious limitation to this research.

Because the sample is likely to draw mainly from careers enthusiasts the picture that it paints of provision is pretty positive. Most schools provide career information, advice and guidance, career education and employer links.  The biggest area of concern is the lack of work experience opportunities which seems to generally be left to students to organise for themselves.

This is a more positive picture of careers work in English schools than many of the other reports that have been done in recent year. Whether it represents a genuine improvement in the situation is more doubtful (although not impossible given recent changes in government policy).

The economic benefits of career guidance


We have just published a new paper which looks at the economic benefits of career guidance.

Hooley, T. and Dodd, V. (2015). The Economic Benefits of Career Guidance. Careers England.

Our hope is that it provides a clear articulation of the value of career guidance to the economy and that this in turn makes the case for political and financial investment in the area.