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Graduate Outcomes Survey FAQs

What is the Graduate Outcomes Survey?

The Graduate Outcomes Survey is a national survey of everyone who has recently qualified from any University or HE college in the UK and gathers information on the range of career and further study opportunities pursued by leavers fifteen months after completing their studies. Anyone who graduates after 1 August 2017 will be asked to complete the Graduate Outcomes survey. Graduate Outcomes has replaced the previous Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE).

The Graduate Outcomes survey is a statutory process for all higher education providers and is owned by HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Agency. HESA supports the advancement of the higher education sector by collecting and publishing timely and reliable data about the sector. The administration of the Graduate Outcomes survey is undertaken by a third-party survey contractor who works in collaboration with HESA and the University.

Find out more about Graduate Outcomes on the HESA website.

What questions will I be asked?

You will be asked about your work and study. For work, this will include questions regarding your job title and employer name, if it's full-time or part-time work, if it is considered to be a graduate-level job and whether you believe the qualification you recently obtained was necessary for your job. For further study, this will include questions about what and where you are studying, what kind of study you are engaged in (for example postgraduate or diploma) and the reasons for taking further study.

Why should I take in the survey?

Firstly, we really do want to know what you are doing, now that you have left University. So this is a chance to follow you up and see how things are going. Secondly, it enables us at the University to see if there are any trends and patterns in employment, whether graduates in certain subjects are experiencing any problems securing a job or further study. Thirdly, we can use the graduate outcomes survey information to let future and current students know about opportunities that might be available to them so that they can make informed choices about course and career options. Fourthly, by gathering a good range of graduate destination data, the University can position itself well in the league tables that you might have seen.

What will happen to my information?

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and the third party survey contractor who administers the survey will ensure that no individual graduate can be identified. The anonymised statistical information is used within internal faculties and guides such as prospectuses. HESA also shares the anonymised data with other Government organisations, in order to carry out their statutory functions connected with funding higher education. Information is not used in a way that could affect graduates personally. Under the Data Protection Act 1998, individuals have the right to a copy of the information HESA holds about them. However, HESA will charge a small fee for this.

How long will the survey take to complete?

The questionnaire will take approximately five minutes to complete.

How to complete the survey.

If you left university on or after 1 August 2017, you will receive an email approximately 15 months after completing your studies, inviting you to complete the survey online. You may also be contacted by telephone and asked to complete the survey. If you are not contactable, HESA may seek the information from a third party, such as a family member. It’s important to ensure your details are up-to-date so HESA can get in touch with you:

Graduates can update your contact details here

Where can I view the destinations information?

You can view Birmingham City University's statistics, as well as comparing the University's performance against other universities in the UK at

What can you do to continue to support me now that I've left university?

As a new graduate, you can continue to use the University's Careers+ service for up to three years after completing your course. We know that establishing yourself in graduate level employment can be challenging. Whether you need our support to identify employment and further study opportunities, review your CV or applications, set up your business or improve your networking all you have to do is get in touch with us:

Phone: 0121 331 7777

The University Careers+ service also works with local and national recruiters to source employment for our students and graduates. As a graduate, you can access our online jobs board for a range of full and part time jobs, work experience and internship opportunities, and also receive information about upcoming Careers Fairs.

We wish you all the best with your future careers and we thank you in advance for completing the Graduate Outcomes Survey.