ISE news summary
19 March 2020
Will the coronavirus crisis hit the graduate jobs market? Evidence from China suggests it could as graduate job opportunities fall by 44% compared to last year. According to one source the use of video interviews has rapidly increased, by 67%. Next week, the ISE will report on its survey into employers’ responses to the current situation.
As the Covid-19 threat has increased universities have been moving their teaching online. This regularly updated map from WonkHE now shows that the majority of institutions have stopped face-to-face teaching. Will this mean that it’ll be even harder to detect students who use essay mills? The pace of events is making universities act fast but some are worried that disadvantaged students will miss out whilst we wait to hear how exam season will be managed.
In schools, exams could be delayed until the Autumn whilst some are calling for them to be scrapped altogether this year. Will MP Robert Halfon restate his call from last year to get rid of GCSEs?
For those students that do get to sit their exams, a report by Advance HE highlighted significant differences in degree results by students’ religion or belief. 30% of students who get a first have no religion (the UK population of no faith is 40%). Does this mean you are more likely to get a first if you have faith? Although students from Muslim families are less likely to get a 2:1 or a first.
When headlines usually question the benefits of an arts degree, it made a change to hear Oscar-winning producer David Puttnam explain that National Film and Television School graduates work on over 90% of Hollywood’s top productions. He argues for more, not less, investment in study options for those who want to study film and television production because of the industry’s skills shortage.
T-levels are part of the government’s plan to tackle the vocational skills shortage but many have questioned if colleges and employers can deliver the thousands of 315-hour placements required. The DfE has announced a feasibility study to look at the issue. With only six months the first students start the first T-levels time is tight.
Finally, for those now fully working form home, the number one tip for working remotely is to get dressed.