Charlie Ball

Senior Consultant


18+ years as an expert on graduate employment. Was with HECSU/Prospects and now with Jisc after our merger.

I produce, analyse, interpret and disseminate complex data, mainly higher education data and LMI.

Research and have authored reports on multiple aspects of higher education, including (not exclusively) the general labour market for university leavers, student and graduate demand, the labour market for postgraduates (both taught and research), the labour market in STEM, regional graduate employment markets, graduate migration within the UK, the relationships between HE and the wider economy, and higher education policy.

Member of research advisory committees for AGCAS and the ISE and of steering groups for HESA and the ONS. I’m also a Fellow of the National Institute of Career Education and Counselling (NICEC) and a Visiting Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University. And if you’ve read any Govt Reviews touching on graduate employability in the last decade, I contributed.

Write on careers issues for mainstream and specialist press and regularly brief journalists across the media on graduate job issues. I am also a regular and long-standing user of social media. I developed a research fund for researchers in higher education careers services.

Very experienced presenter, in demand to speak on higher education issues, especially the jobs market for graduates and local skilled labour markets, and deliver talks and workshops for lay and professional audiences, entrants to HE, graduates and those who support them. Deliver around 50 keynotes or workshops a year (even now they’re virtual).

Keenly interested in general LMI, in occupational classification systems, in local, regional and rural labour markets and in ways of disseminating information effectively to all audiences.

Experienced in management (team, project and research) in charity and private sectors.

Specialties: Graduate employment, regional employment, postgraduates, data analysis, labour market information, employment forecasting, media liaison, public speaking, careers information provision, pre-HE guidance information, universities, management, project management, research management, higher education policy.