Campaign publishes Times letter

27 September 2013

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The Campaign has had a letter published in The Times debunking the myth of a job crisis among social science graduates.

The letter was in response to an article this week in the newspaper saying that some people felt that social science careers did not offer good career prospects.

Professor James Wilsdon, the Campaign Chair, and Professor Cary Cooper, Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences, wrote to The Times saying that in fact a higher proportion of social science graduates are in work 3.5 years after the end of their degrees than STEM subject  graduates (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

The text of the letter is:

“We were sorry to read in your article, ‘Salary fears put courses in peril’, of today’s date, that social science subjects are facing difficulties in student recruitment since the introduction of the £9,000 fees. John O’Leary is right to point out that there can be a perception that social science degrees don’t offer good career prospects.

However, the Campaign for Social Science can demonstrate that this perception is unfounded. We will shortly be releasing a report entitled ‘What do Social Science Graduates Do?’, analysing data from the latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education longitudinal survey (conducted by the Higher Education Statistical Agency). Among its findings,

  • A higher proportion of social science graduates are in employment than STEM or arts-humanities graduates, 3.5 years after graduating.
  • At the same point in time, higher proportions of social scientists are ‘managers, directors and senior officials’ than any other subject group.
  • Greater proportions of social science graduates too are employed in the professional and scientific industries.”

 See the letter