Final - upReach Impact Report (1) - Flipbook - Page 11
Pro Bono Economics project provides
insight into upReach’s impact on Associate
This year, upReach worked with the charity Pro Bono Economics to evaluate the extent to which
participation in upReach’s programmes influences the employment outcomes of Associates.
The project has used publicly available data published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency
(HESA) and the Office for Students (OfS) to produce a series of benchmarks. The analysis shows
that upReach Associates who graduated in 2018 entered highly skilled work at a higher rate than
the national average, and this difference was even higher when trying to control for disadvantage.
of upReach Associates that were in employment 15
months after graduation were in a highly skilled role, 19
percentage points higher than the national average (71%)1
Of upReach Associates who graduated in 2018, 70.9% were in highly skilled
employment 15 months after graduation. This is 8.6 percentage points higher
than an estimated equivalent figure for the average graduate of 62.3%1,2
Unfortunately, current publicly available 2018 data does not provide PBE the means to determine
how a student’s disadvantage might affect this central estimate of 62.3%; creating a better
benchmark for upReach’s work with disadvantaged students. As an alternative indicator, 2017 data
from the Office for Students shows that the proportion of students in the top IMD quintile entering
high-skilled employment or further study was (on average) 7.1 percentage points higher than the
bottom IMD quintile3. This data can be used to develop a “disadvantage weighting” that accounts for
the impact socio-economic background has on employment outcomes, and allowed PBE to build a
benchmark estimate that provides a more reasonable comparison to upReach Associates.
12.1 percentage points
upReach Associates entered highly skilled employment at a rate 12.1 percentage points
higher than an estimated rate for students from similar socio-economic backgrounds1,3
Given the data available, this benchmark is an estimate based on previous trends, and upReach will
continue to evaluate the outcomes of our programmes participants as more comprehensive data
upReach plans to release a supplementary report detailing additional benchmark comparisons that
account for factors such as university attended in 2021.
National averages calculated using HESA Graduate Outcome data: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), 2020. HE Graduate
The segmented nature of the HESA data means that it is not possible to produce a precise benchmark for comparison from the HESA
data; however, we note that the share of high-skilled employed HESA graduates, 71%, multiplied by the employment rate of HESA
graduates, 87.7%, suggests this figure would be around 62.3%.
The Office for Students, 2020. Access and participation data dashboard.