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Arts graduate earnings understated

Small arts-based institutions would fare better in the teaching excellence framework if self-employment were included.

Today’s papers

Tax records show that self-employment boosts the earnings of arts graduates, according to government data that identifies earnings at one, three, five and ten years after graduation. Alas the teaching excellence framework, which will bestow gold, silver and bronze ratings to institutions and allow some to raise tuition fees in England, relies on a survey taken six months after leaving higher education. We report that self-employment increases the earnings of those who studied at small arts-based institutions

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