Research services

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HECSU's Real Prospects research service offers bespoke research solutions to clients seeking to evaluate, develop or improve their own student or graduate programmes and activities.

What we offer

We offer bespoke research solutions to universities, careers services, employers and professional bodies seeking to investigate or evaluate a particular issue, programme or problem.

Real Prospects research reports present research data in an accessible and engaging way, combining evidence-based recommendations with practical advice and guidance.

You can also commission additional material to supplement your research report, including: best practice guides for line managers and graduate development teams, career development resources for students and graduates, and case studies for institutional or company websites.


Zoe Carter-Owen, Mott MacDonald

'Our Real Prospects report has given us invaluable insight into our graduate population - it highlighted what we were doing right, and showed us how we can become even better'


Vivienne Stern, UUK

'HECSU's research team are always extremely responsive and helpful. The work they have done for us has been excellent'


Jill Sandford, NHS Scotland

'Our Real Prospects report highlighted where improvements need to be made - something I have been saying for a while now is backed up with evidence'



We specialise in conducting high quality research into student experience and graduate employment.

Our expertise and experience in the field of higher education and graduate careers means you can have confidence in our recommendations.

An independent research charity, you can rely on HECSU to provide candid but impartial feedback.

Commissioning a project

If you would like to commission a project, please contact with your ideas so the team can design a project to meet your requirements.

After your free consultation with a member of the research team, HECSU will draw up a research proposal for you to review and approve before we start work.