The primary focus of the Graduate Recruitment Intelligence (GRI) project is the transition from study to employment or further study and enhancing the ‘employability’ of students and graduates by enabling and supporting them in marketing their achievements and employability characteristics through online systems that interface to academic and other achievement data held in university corporate systems.
The GRI project also relates to, and supports the implementation of, the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) and in this respect the project builds upon work already undertaken at the University of Gloucestershire as a result of its role as a ‘Wave 1’ pilot institution in the national HEAR implementation project. One of the expectations of the HEAR initiative is that the final document will be electronic, which can be accessed by third parties (e.g. employers, other higher education institutions) with the permission of a student. This project will contribute to the knowledge base of the HEAR pilot groups by exploring the practical application of HEAR data to deliver a new ‘transition service’, better supporting students in their transition between study and employment or further study.
The proposed GRI project seeks to assist the wider sector by piloting a new support service hosted and delivered outside an institution through the web and investigating a potential shared service arrangement. The establishment of this new ‘transition support service’ will explore how other universities may better support students through new ways of working, integrating administrative data held by an institution with employability and portfolio data provided by students, to improve graduate employability and support the efficient progression of students into further study.