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Graduate Employability in Context

Theory, Research and Debate

  • Michael Tomlinson
  • Leonard Holmes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Andrew Rothwell, Frances Rothwell
    Pages 41-63
  3. Ciaran Burke, Tracy Scurry, John Blenkinsopp, Katy Graley
    Pages 87-107
  4. William Donald, Yehuda Baruch, Melanie Ashleigh
    Pages 129-150
  5. Phil McCash
    Pages 151-170
  6. Geoffrey Hinchliffe, Helen Walkington
    Pages 213-235
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 371-377

About this book


This book explores the highly significant and contested area of graduate employability and employment which is paid so much attention by those in the media and policy-makers. This is driven largely by concerns over the wider economic impact and value of graduates as increasing numbers complete their studies in higher education. At a time when graduates are seen as key to economic success, the critical question remains as to how their employability plays out in a changing labour market. This book brings together innovative approaches and research to present an extensive survey of the field. It provides insight on what is a complex and often elusive social and economic problem, ranging from how graduate employability is constructed as an economic and policy agenda to explorations of how graduates manage the transition from higher education to paid employment and finally to suggest future directions for curricula, policy and research. 


Employment Higher Education Graduate skills Career development Social theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Tomlinson
    • 1
  • Leonard Holmes
    • 2
  1. 1.Southampton Education SchoolUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Susanna Wesley Foundation, Southlands CollegeUniversity of RoehamptonLondonUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Michael Tomlinson is Associate Professor at Southampton Education School, University of Southampton, UK.  He has published widely in the areas of graduate employability, Higher Education policy and lifelong learning. His previous book was Education, Work and Identity.

Leonard Holmes is Reader in Management at the Business School, University of Roehampton, UK. His interests are in the areas of graduate employability, skills, competence and management training and development. His previous book was The Dominance of Management: A Participatory Critique.

Bibliographic information


“This book is a welcomed contribution to better understanding the variety and complexity of issues related to graduate employability. The differing approaches taken by the authors span a wide range of differing contexts, structural changes, psycho-social dynamics and other personal factors and in so doing help provide valuable new insights.” (Professor Ronald McQuaid, University of Stirling, UK)