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Higher Education Careers Service Unit
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HECSU logo
MottoLeading research into graduate careers
Legal statusNon-profit organisation and registered charity
PurposeCareers research of graduates in the UK and supporting graduate recruitment via university careers services
  • Prospects House, Booth Street, Manchester, M13 9EP
Region served
UK and Republic of Ireland
Higher education institutions and graduate employers
Chief Executive
Jayne Rowley
Prof Mark Smith
Main organ
Parent organization
Universities UK and GuildHE

The Higher Education Careers Service Unit is an independent research charity based in Manchester for the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, specialising in higher education and graduate employment. It funds research projects for the higher education careers sector, and conducts research into graduate employment and career decision-making on behalf of its own members and external funding bodies.

It is a registered charity, formed in 1972, and is an agency of Universities UK and GuildHE. The commercial part of HECSU, CSU, changed its name to Graduate Prospects in July 2003.

Its most recognisable function is to produce the Prospects series of booklets with information about graduate careers. Graduate Prospects is the commercial arm of HECSU and provides careers information and services to students, graduates, university careers advisory services, employers and others.

The group produces statistical information on the destination of graduates from particular universities and courses.

The research strategy adopted by HECSU has five themes:

  • Practitioner research
  • Labour market information
  • Careers guidance
  • International comparisons
  • Career learning and development

HECSU aims to:

  • Improve the dissemination of information about higher education and graduate employment
  • Contribute to knowledge of student and graduate career development and employment by conducting and commissioning research
  • Work with careers advisers, academic staff, and employers to support graduate employability

Main work includes:


Division of a registered charity
HeadquartersManchester, England, United Kingdom

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