Emma Pollard

Emma Pollard is a Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies (IES). She has over 20 years’ experience as an applied and mixed-methods policy researcher and she specialises in researching higher education. Her key interests include student choices and decisions about undergraduate and postgraduate study, diversity in students' HE experiences including the experiences of minority groups and less advantaged individuals in HE and the labour market, graduate transitions to the labour market and their early careers, the development of professional careers, and the workings of higher education and further direction of the sector. She is deeply interested in career decision making and the value of higher level qualifications at all ages and life stages, and the systems in place to support career decision-making. She regularly undertakes research projects commissioned by a wide range of organisations including employers, educational establishments and policy bodies such as the Department for Education, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Research Councils UK, and individual universities including the Royal College of Art, the University of the Arts London, the University of Sussex and the University of Oxford. She is also a member of the Society for Research into Higher Education.

Email: emma.pollard@ies.ac.uk