Charlie Ball
Charlie runs the labour market research team at HECSU and is responsible for support and research for university careers services across the UK. He is an active researcher on HECSU’s projects on graduate employment and in collaboration with external organisations. He is an expert on the employment destinations of graduates and postgraduates.
His research interests include: graduate destinations, particularly for postgraduates and for scientists; the study and career motivations of scientists and postgraduates; regional labour markets for graduates and postgraduates; migration of graduates within the UK and overseas; and student and graduate demographics, particularly for scientists and postgraduates.

Charlie is available to speak on all areas of higher education. He contributes regularly to the HECSU blog at and the New Scientist blog at

Entries by Charlie Ball

What Do Graduates Do - And Where Do They Do It?

(1) Comments | Posted 18 April 2013 | (10:14)

For the spring edition of Graduate Market Trends I've been looking back at HESA Destination of Leavers of Higher Education surveys for the last five years and it's revealed some interesting insight into where graduates have actually been finding jobs.

London has been consistently the most common...

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Making Sense of the Graduate Jobs Market

(0) Comments | Posted 31 January 2013 | (07:45)

Around the start of every year, we get reports coming out on state of the graduate jobs market. In the last couple of weeks, two of the big players - High Fliers and the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), put out their winter reviews and they both agreed that last...

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No Work Experience, No Job?

(1) Comments | Posted 24 January 2012 | (23:00)

The latest edition of the annual High Fliers survey of the intentions of a select group of popular graduate employers gave rise to a flurry of gloomy headlines this week. Setting aside the rather encouraging finding that the 100 most popular graduate recruiters actually expect to offer more jobs this...

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