Many NCUB members will remember the interesting findings from the HECSU-funded Futuretrack survey that tracked 2005-6 UCAS applicants embarking on undergraduate studies across the full spectrum of UK universities and colleges from application till (for most respondents) between 18 and 30 months after completing their degrees.

Futuretrack is the most comprehensive, detailed source of information about how the graduate labour market has been developing, and the opportunities and obstacles encountered by recent graduates.

The research team at Warwick now have funding from the Nuffield Foundation to do a fifth sweep on the survey, to find out what happened to this ‘recession generation’, most of whom graduated in 2009 or 2010.

A link to the survey has been sent to all Stage 4 respondents who had given permission to be followed up further, but the further these early-career graduates progress, the more elusive they become, changing emails, employers and sometimes names.

The research team wants to maximise responses as the survey draws to a close on 31st August. The higher the response rate, the more representative, and the more useful to the graduate labour market stakeholder community.

If you employ members of this cohort, please encourage them to participate.

If you started your studies as a UK-domiciled student in 2006 (or after a gap year, in 2007), and haven’t recently participated in the Stage 5 Futuretrack survey, please do so now. 2009 and 2010 graduates who remember participating previously should check old email addresses and spam folders to see if they’ve been sent a personal link, that will enable us to link their responses to previous stages of the survey. Those who do not find this can still participate via this link.