DLHE (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education) is changing to Graduate Outcomes.

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In December 2018, the centralised Graduate Outcomes survey will launch, surveying graduates from 2017/18 and replacing the existing DLHE survey.

Graduate Outcomes surveys will take place in December, March, June and September and HESA will contact leavers to collect information on their activities and perspectives roughly 15 months after completing their studies.

Please keep in touch and update your contact details

The Graduate Outcomes survey will capture information on student activity post-graduation and will be carried out approximately 15 months after you leave your course.

Your information is anonymised and will help to inform prospective students, current students, recent leavers and RGU courses.

The survey is only live during permitted contact periods – online access is now via a personalised weblink initially sent out by e-mail to each leaver. HESA’s contractor will then phone the remaining leavers.

For more information, please email GraduateOutcomes@rgu.ac.uk or phone the Employability Hub on 01224 262110.

Leavers Survey

In the interim period, RGU will carry out an in-house leavers survey, asking minimal employment/further study questions and explaining how you can access Employability Hub (formerly Careers & Employability) and other services.

What is the Graduate Outcomes survey about?

Leavers from every University or HE college in the UK will be contacted by HESA’s contractor approximately fifteen months after graduation (with surveys in December, March, June and September).

This information helps universities and the government to have an accurate and up-to-date picture of what graduates face after leaving university. 

It is used by:

  • Prospective and current students, to choose their course and career path
  • Careers Advisors, to help current students
  • The university, in reviewing and planning courses

The latest available data shows that 96.3% of RGU graduates were in employment and/or further study.

In addition to existing questions from the current destinations survey, the Graduate Outcomes survey will ask new questions, to provide a richer picture of the diversity of leaver outcomes. These new ‘leaver voice’ measures capture three areas:

  • How meaningful or important you feel your activity to be
  • Whether you are using the skills you gained from your qualification in your current activity
  • How you are progressing towards your future goals.

The Graduate Outcomes survey will also allow us to gather deeper insights into leavers pursuing non-traditional career paths, such as those developing creative portfolios or setting up a business.

How is the Graduate Outcomes survey conducted?

Eligible graduates will first be invited, by email and text, to complete an online questionnaire. To complete the survey online, you will need your student number.

HESA’s contractor will contact the leavers from every University and HE college in the UK approximately fifteen months after graduation (in four different cohorts). This will allow leavers a more meaningful opportunity to progress in their post-University activities.

You will receive an email inviting you to complete the survey online. You may also be contacted by telephone and asked to complete the survey over the phone. If you are not contactable, we may seek the information from a third party, such as a family member.

How will my responses be used?

Your anonymised responses will be used by your University/college and by other organisations for research purposes. Before you start the survey, we will provide detailed information about how your data will be processed, who will receive it, and what they will use it for.

What if I don't wish to be surveyed?

If you don't wish to take part in the survey, please let us know.

You can either reply to the email you have been sent or let the person who has called you know you don't wish to take part.  

Remember that you will need to give HESA your name and either your student number or your course name in order for them to identify you and remove you from the survey list.

Where do my contact details come from?

The contact details used will be those you have provided to RGU, so it is important to keep your contact details up to date, even after you have left the university.

If you would like to update your contact details after leaving you can do so by e-mailing Records@rgu.ac.uk .

What happens to my information?

Anonymised data from this survey will be collected onto our student records system for internal statistical analysis and management purposes.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) will send us data from your reponses. This data may be linked to other information about you held by the University - such as any qualification you gained - and information we collect may be added to your Alumni record. The Employability Hub may use your responses to send you information about support they or other University departments can offer you (where relevant to your circumstances). You can let us know if you do not wish to receive this information.

The data will also be used - in an anonymised form - to inform prospective students (and their parents), current students and graduates of the opportunities available on completion of their courses, on our website, in our graduate destinations reports and Key Information Sets on our course pages. It will not be possible to identify you from any published data.

Information about the uses of this data are available in the Student Collection Notice.

Your HESA record and survey responses will not be used in any way that could be used to make decisions about you.

Please be assured that your data is not used by external organisations for marketing purposes. Any external organisations receiving this data must sign contracts that require that individuals shall not be identified from the supplied data. Therefore they are not able to contact you for marketing purposes.

RGU Data Protection Statement for Prospective and Current Students

Destinations of Leavers from HE (DLHE) Collection Notice

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, you have the right to a copy of the information held by HESA and ourselves. Details of how to request a copy of this information (which may incur a fee) can be found at the following links:

RGU Freedom of Information

HESA Freedom of Information

What do graduates do?

Get detailed information on graduate destinations nationwide via Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU)

You could get ideas of where to look for work or what career path to take by looking at what other graduates have done since graduating. Each year, destinations surveys are conducted with leavers from all UK Universities and HE colleges to find out what leavers are doing.

The information from the survey gives a national picture of where graduates are finding employment, what they are doing and what they are getting paid.

What do graduates do? 

Useful links

Graduate SuccessThis website features graduates from 2011 and 2012 reflecting on their university experience – their courses, their activities and their career choices – and how these have affected their transition into employment.

Official labour market statistics for the UK.

Prospects - industry insights
Find typical salaries and information on the graduate job market according to industry.

UnistatsOfficial government source, which draws on DLHE

Which university?
Includes articles about careers and employability

Best course for me?
Draws on stats from ONS and HESA (using SOC categories and pay levels)

UK course finderTakes users to Prospects for careers information

Target JobsOptions with your subject

All about CareersOptions with subject – what can I do with my degree?

What do PhDs do?

Information for PhD's and what they have gone on to.

What do researchers do?

Published by Vitae, is a series exploring the destinations and career paths of doctoral graduates and how they contribute to society, culture and economy.

Post PhD Life

This blog follows the journey of post PhD students once they move from their research into the big wide world. Their journey could be within academia or elsewhere, and will address many topics including job seeking and career advice as well as providing useful tips on what to expect post PhD. Use the comments section to ask your peers questions and discuss your own experiences.

Career planning for PHDs ebook (PDF 1.58MB)