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Graduate Outcomes: upReach Associates achieve
In line with our mission, the key determinant for the success of our
programme is whether an Associate achieves their career ambitions and
secures a graduate role after leaving university.
To further understand our impact, we established a benchmark looking at the outcomes of students
from similar socio-economic and academic backgrounds using Graduate Destination Scores (GDS)1,
in line with outcome reporting in higher education. However, publicly available data available for
2018 Graduate Outcomes at time of publication has limited our ability to account for disadvantage.
As an alternative, we have used The Guardian’s university league table data2 to create a benchmark
that accounts for the universities Associates attended and the courses they studied, and used prior
year data on the progression gap for disadvantaged students to project the extent of our impact3.
Our analysis found that Associates who graduated in 2018 had a higher Graduate Destination
Score (GDS) than the benchmark for students with the same academic background, with a
higher estimated gap when controlling for disadvantage.
of upReach Associates who graduated in
2018 were in highly skilled employment or
further study 15 months after graduation
Graduate Destination Score (%)
Average GDS of
Progression gap for
graduates (OfS data)3
4.8 percentage points
upReach Associates had a Graduate Destination Score1 4.8 percentage points higher than
an estimated score for disadvantaged students with the same academic background2,3
Graduate Destination Score combines highly skilled employment and further study outcomes as a “positive” outcome, and is
presented a percentage of total graduates.
The Guardian, 2020. The best UK universities 2021 - league table.
The Office for Students, 2020. Differences in student outcomes - further characteristics - Figure 17.
uardian methodology uses a Graduate Destination Score (GDS), combining highly skilled employment and further study. Further
details are available on their website: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/sep/05/methodology-behind-the-guardianuniversity-guide-2021
igure of 85.1% listed in the graph differs from the 86.5% above due to the exclusion of upReach outcome data where a corresponding
Graduate Destination Score matched by course and university could not be found.