Graduates from 1994 Group members are more likely than those of any other mission group to go on to taught postgraduate study, research has found.
Those from Million+ and University Alliance institutions are only about half as likely to progress, with the lowest rates recorded by graduates of GuildHE institutions.
However, within the mission groups there is a range of attainment, with some post-1992s such as Edinburgh Napier University and Coventry University recording higher rates than some research-intensive universities.
The Russell Group has the highest proportion of graduates progressing to research degrees, providing well over half the numbers, according to Transition to Higher Degrees across the UK: An Analysis of National, International and Individual Differences.
The report, written by Paul Wakeling and Gillian Hampden-Thompson, academics at the University of York’s department of education, was commissioned by the Higher Education Academy. It also shows that the rates of progression vary hugely by institution: from less than 0.5 per cent to 42 per cent for taught postgraduate degrees and between zero and 13.6 per cent for research degrees.
Notes: Graduates from 2009‑10 and 2010-11. Mission groups reflect membership in December 2012
Source: Transition to Higher Degrees across the UK: An Analysis of National, International and Individual Differences