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How employers control graduate recruitment

A welcome recognition that universities do not fully influence the job prospects of their graduates, writes Alison Goddard.

The Independent reports a scheme by Clifford Chance, a law firm, whereby the identity of the schools, colleges and universities at which job applicants studied are removed from their CVs for their final interview with the company. A spokesman describes the firm as "looking for the gems, and they are not all in the jeweller’s shop". The measure is one of a number taken by the firm that have resulted in it recruiting from a much broader range of institutions. It also represents welcome recognition that the impressive graduate employment records of some universities and colleges may be due in part to employer bias.

Our sister paper Research Fortnight reports on a letter from David Willetts, universities and science minister, to John Krebs, chair of the Lords committee on science and technology, that promises to protect science funding but fails to identify whether the definition of "science" may be tweaked. 

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