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The Right Skills: Celebrating Skills in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS)

Portfolio of Evidence

The British Academy’s report The Right Skills: Celebrating Skills in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS), published on 27 November 2017, is the result of a year-long process of evidence-gathering and consultation, alongside analysis of the existing literature in this area. Underpinning the report is a portfolio of evidence which includes: 

  • A Call for Evidence opened between January and May 2017. This was underpinned by a synthesis of existing evidence. Respondents were invited to identify gaps and address the project questions. We received 34 responses from individual researchers, research councils, higher education institutions, learned societies, employer bodies, careers services, head-teachers, British Academy Fellows and government agencies.   
  • A mapping exercise of the QAA subject benchmark statements for the arts, humanities and social sciences. The analysis focussed on the subject-specific and generic skills defined in the current benchmark statements to identify common core skills which are shared across the disciplines and other recurring themes. 
  • An analysis of the employment outcomes of graduates and postgraduates on courses in the arts, humanities and social sciences at UK higher education institution. This included an analysis of the sectors in which they are employed, the jobs they do, and the skills that they demonstrate, as well as interviews with employers, and two focus groups with graduates 
  • A series of focus groups with current undergraduate and postgraduate AHSS students to understand their perceptions and awareness of their skills and the value they attribute to them.

All elements of this portfolio of evidence are available to download from this page. 

For more information, please contact Tom Lyscom (