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Humanities graduates: large and growing role in UK economy

VU International News and Reviews No. 10 July 15 2013

July 2013

A report commissioned by Oxford University’s Humanities Division found that numbers of Oxford graduates of English, History, Philosophy, Classics and Modern Languages employed in key economic growth sectors of finance, media, legal services and management rose substantially between 1960 and 1989. By the end of the period, 16-20% were employed in these sectors.  

The report “Humanities Graduates and the British Economy: The Hidden Impact” is believed to be the first report of its kind as it evaluates the contribution of the study of the humanities to the economy by looking at career paths and mid- and end-career destinations of graduates, rather than the three years immediately after graduation as used by the government’s Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). 

Report available through kees.kouwenaar@vu.nl.  

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