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What is the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey?

The DLHE 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 six months after completing their studies.

What questions do you want to ask me?

We would like to know about your work and study. For work, we ask about your job title and employer name, if it's full-time or part-time work, is it considered to be a graduate-level job and whether you believe the qualification you recently obtained was necessary for your job. For further study, we ask 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 tell you want I'm doing?

Firstly, we really do want to know what you are doing, now that you have left University. So this is our 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 our destination 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 are you going to do with my information?

We anonymise all information that we receive from you, so that when we send all the finished destination data off to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), no individual graduate can be identified. The anonymised statistical information is used within internal faculties and guides such as prospectuses. HESA 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 questionnaire take to complete?

The questionnaire will take approximately five minutes to complete.

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 http://unistats.direct.gov.uk.

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 and Employment Service for up to three years after completing your course. We know that establishing yourself in the labour market can be challenging. Whether you need our support to identify employment and further study opportunities, review your CV, set up your business or improve your networking, all you have to do is get in touch with us:

Web: www.bcu.ac.uk/alumni/careers
Email: employmentzone@bcu.ac.uk
Phone: 0121 331 7777

The University Careers and Employment 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. To register, please visit www.bcu.ac.uk/jobsboard.

We wish you all the best in your future career endeavours and we thank you in advance for completing the DLHE Survey Questionnaire.