Understanding Career Patterns of UK Creative Graduates: Analysing National Data in Relation to the Creative Economy
In recent years, the role of graduate migration flows in fostering local economic development has become increasingly clear. However, the ability of certain regions in Great Britain to retain skilled individuals and capitalise on the high-skilled workforce generated by local university and higher education institutions has been questioned, especially in consideration of the centrality of London in attracting graduates (Faggian and McCann, 2008). The paper uses micro-individual student data collected by the Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA) in Great Britain to investigate the education and employment migration patterns of students in arts and design subjects in UK.
The data on graduates retention and migration will question the role of the creative graduates as agents of knowledge spillovers and test the role played by London and the South East – where nearly fifty percent of the current national creative occupations concentrate (Oakley, 2006). While universities are able to attract students in these subjects, it is envisaged that the profile of different cities in reference to their creative industries and cultural infrastructure (Chapain and Comunian, forthcoming) plays a central role in the determining the ability to retain these graduates locally. In order to assess this relation between retention and migration-flows the data will be cross-references with other data and research on the creative profile of different UK cities (Clifton 2008; DCMS & BERR 2008).
Keywords: Creative Industries, Creative Graduates, Graduates Retention, Creative Work
Dr. Roberta Comunian
Lecturer in Human Geography, School of Geography, University of Southampton
Dr. Alessandra Faggian
Reader, School of Geography, University of Southampton