About us

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Established in 1972, the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) is an independent research charity specialising in higher education and graduate employment.

We seek to support careers advisory services as they guide students and graduates through university and into the labour market.

We aim to:

  • improve the dissemination of information about higher education and graduate employment
  • contribute to knowledge of student and graduate career development and employment by conducting and commissioning research
  • work with careers advisers, academic staff, and employers to support graduate employability

Steve Besley, Pearson Education

'Anyone who wants to get an informed picture of graduate employment would do well to start with HECSU'


Vivienne Stern, UUK

'HECSU is a fantastic source of intelligence, data and expert knowledge'


Professor Kate Purcell, University of Warwick

'One of the few independent organisations monitoring and analysing trends in higher education and graduate employment'


 Links to other organisations

  • HECSU is a registered charity and an agency of Universities UK and GuildHE.
  • Graduate Prospects is HECSU's commerical arm, providing careers information and services to students, graduates, university careers services, employers and others.
  • AGCAS has a long-standing professional partnership with HECSU and benefits from collaborative support and charitable donations (including educational bursaries for Careers Service staff) to achieve a common objective: supporting HE careers services to maximise the opportunities and support available to all students and graduates.


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