Careers and Job Prospects

Each year we undertake a survey of recent Birmingham City University graduates to find out whether they are working, studying or taking time out. In addition to publishing our own results, we submit the information to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) as part of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE); we are legally obliged to do this. The data submitted to HESA are used to inform Birmingham City University’s positions in the university league tables published in the Times, the Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Complete University Guide and on the Unistats website.

Please note that the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education population includes all students from all domiciles, and is no longer restricted to UK and European Union-domiciled leavers.

Birmingham City University graduate destinations 2016/17

During 2017/18, 4,005 graduates were surveyed on behalf of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) to identify their graduate destination six months after finishing their course during the 2016/17 academic period. 3,335 graduates responded to the survey.

The HESA defined priority group for returns are UK-based leavers obtaining first degrees from courses and a target response rate of 85 per cent is set for these leavers. The Birmingham City University response rate for this group for 2016/17 survey was 83.3 per cent.

Results at a glance

    • 97.4 per cent of UK-based, first degree leavers were in positive destinations (work and/or study)

How we collect destinations information

Information is collected following strict HESA guidelines. Graduates are sent up to two questionnaires. Non-respondents are then telephoned during a designated period. An online version of the questionnaire is also available.

All information is displayed anonymously and any personal data is processed in accordance with HESA guidelines on data protection. For more details see the HESA DLHE Collection Notice.

The information gathered from the survey is published annually by HESA and is used to calculate Birmingham City University’s performance against the HEFCE Employment Performance Indicator.

DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA, which sets a response rate target of 80 per cent (for UK-domiciled, full-time leavers) each year.