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The degree generation: The making of unequal graduate lives

Ingram, Nicola; Bathmaker, Ann-Marie; Abrahams, Jessie; Bentley, Laura; Bradley, Harriet; Hoare, Tony; Papafilippou, Vanda; Waller, Richard


Nicola Ingram

Ann-Marie Bathmaker

Jessie Abrahams

Laura Bentley

Tony Hoare

Richard Waller
Professor of Education and Social Justice


What are the challenges for the current generation of graduate millennials? The role of universities and the changing nature of the graduate labour market are constantly in the news, but less is known about the experiences of those going through it.

This book traces the transition to the graduate labour market of a cohort of middle-class and working-class young people who were tracked through seven years of their undergraduate and post-graduation lives.

Using personal stories and voices, the book provides fascinating insights into the group's experience of graduate employment and how their life-course transitions are shaped by their social backgrounds and education. Critically evaluating current government and university policies, it shows the attitudes and values of this generation towards their hopes and aspirations on employment, political attitudes and cultural practices.


Ingram, N., Bathmaker, A., Abrahams, J., Bentley, L., Bradley, H., Hoare, T., …Waller, R. (2023). The degree generation: The making of unequal graduate lives. Bristol, UK: Bristol University Press

Book Type Authored Book
Online Publication Date Jun 22, 2023
Publication Date Jun 22, 2023
Deposit Date Jun 23, 2023
ISBN 9781529208849
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