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LEO data should not inform policy decisions, say vice-chancellors


Using graduate earnings data to inform funding choices comes with “real risks” attached, Universities UK has warned in a report.

On 28 March the vice-chancellors’ body gave 10 reasons why Longitudinal Education Outcomes data, which shows what graduates in different subjects earn one, three, five or 10 years after graduation, could harm opportunities for students.

Universities UK stressed that although earnings data does help inform students and universities, it puts too much weight on salaries and does not take into account regional earnings differences or non-economic returns, for example from arts subjects. The LEO data is currently used to judge teaching standards as part of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

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