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Graduate Outcomes

Graduate Outcomes survey

The Graduate Outcomes survey is the biggest UK annual social survey and captures the perspectives and current status of recent graduates.

All graduates who completed a higher education course in the UK after August 2017 will be asked to take part in the survey 15 months after they finish their studies. The survey aims to help current and future students gain an insight into career destinations and development.


How staff can contribute

The Graduate Outcomes survey needs to meet ambitious response rate targets to ensure we have sufficiently detailed data that is usable for a range of information and regulatory purposes. Each member of staff within a provider has a role to play in the promotion of the survey.

The University has a number of different communication tools available to colleagues to help promote the survey – The toolkit can be found on the university Graduate Outcomes Sharepoint site or contact Georgina Carbutt for more information.


What is asked in the survey?

There are a number of core questions that all graduates are being asked. These range from questions about current status to whether they think they are on track in their career.


Who will complete the survey?

All graduates that have completed a higher education course at a higher education provider in the UK after August 2017 will be eligible to complete the survey. This can be a course of any type and duration.

Graduates will be grouped across the year into four cohorts based on the end date of their course. Depending on when their course ended, they will receive their survey invitation around 15 months later. For example, if their course ended in August to October 2018, they will receive the survey in December 2019.


How will the results be used

Graduate Outcomes data will be used for a range of information and regulatory purposes. The privacy notice (read more about privacy) includes information about uses of the data, such as use by higher education providers and higher education funding and regulatory bodies, inclusion in official statistics, and research and journalistic uses, including university league tables.

The results will be used by these groups primarily for research and statistical purposes, but also in the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority. The results will not be used to make decisions about individuals.

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