Current research


Evaluation of engineering/computing conversion MSc courses

CRAC is undertaking an evaluation for HEFCE of new pilot engineering- and computing-/data-focused Masters courses specifically designed for non-cognate graduates. The project involves formative evaluation of the institutional development projects and summative aspects through student surveys. A report will be published when the evaluation concludes, most likely at the end of 2018. A Data Privacy Notice relating to these surveys and Terms and Conditions for the related free prize draw are available.


Tracking the careers of recipients of Royal Society Research Fellowships

The Royal Society has commissioned CRAC/Vitae to devise a scheme to track the career and scientific progression of researchers who have been awarded its University Research Fellowships and Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships, for the lifetime of these initiatives. CRAC will also implement the first of these surveys during autumn 2017. The project will not only provide insight into the careers of scientists in receipt of these prestigious awards, designed to launch them as independent research leaders, but also consider the impact of the Fellowships.


Engineering graduate recruitment practices: what is needed to improve outcomes for minority engineering graduates?


CRAC's research has established that employment outcomes for recent UK engineering graduates of ethnic minority background are less positive than for their white counterparts, even after controlling for factors such as attainment and university attended. The extent of these differences is greater for engineering graduates than for those studying other subjects. This project, funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, will investigate engineering employers' graduate recruitment practices and where they could be enhanced to improve outcomes for UK engineering graduates of ethnic minority background and deliver a more diverse graduate workforce.


CRAC is planning investigations with a carefully selected purposive sample of engineering employers, to understand their approaches to graduate recruitment, their procedures and practice. This will include attraction, recruitment and selection stages, as well as some insights into early career progression. Findings will be benchmarked against best practice in other sectors. From these insights, recommendations will be made for enhancements to practice. We expect to conduct interviews with a sample of employers during autumn 2017.


Representatives of engineering employers are invited to express interest in participation by contacting Project Director Robin Mellors-Bourne