DLHE 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 via Stay Connected

The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey captures information on student activity post graduation.

The survey is carried out six months after you leave your course.

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

For more information, please email DLHE@rgu.ac.uk

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. We also send out postal questionnaires and then phone the remaining leavers.

Complete the survey by phone on 01224 262110

This allows you to ask any further questions you may have, or to opt out of the survey

What is the DLHE survey about?

Every university or HE college in the UK contacts their graduates (and those leaving with a qualifying exit award) approximately six months after graduation (between November and March or April and June).

This information helps universities and the government to have an accurate and up-to-date picture of what graduates face after leaving university. We collect this information on behalf of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

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 96.5% of RGU graduates were in employment and/or further study.

How is the DLHE 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.

If we don't receive a completed online questionnaire from you, we will try to contact you again. If you were a ‘Home’ or ‘EU’ student, we will contact you by post and/or by phone. (If you were an ‘Overseas’ student, we will only contact you by email.)

If you have caller ID, our calls may either be displayed as coming from an ‘unknown’ or ‘blocked’ number or they may show a mobile phone number. We understand that many people are reluctant to answer calls from such numbers, but currently this is unavoidable. If you do not answer, we will leave a message stating we are calling from RGU and explaining how to contact us.

You can call us about the survey on 01224 262110. Usually calls last no more than 2 to 3 minutes (but this can depend on your circumstances). We can call you back, so you don’t have to worry about the cost of the call and we have an answering machine, where you can request a call back if we are unable to take your call.

If we can't get in touch with you, we may try to get information about what you were doing from a third party; either at the university or someone we can reach using the contact information you have previously provided. However, we do prefer to receive the information from you, so that we know the information is accurate. This also applies to leavers whom we know, from our records, are continuing their studies at RGU or are now employed at RGU – we want to get the information from you yourself.

Whether you complete the survey online or over the phone, it will only take a few minutes and your information is really important to us. We do need to get a certain number of responses for our data to be valid. This is to ensure our data is as accurate as possible and does not simply include the most favourable responses. This means we may contact you a number of times if you do not initially reply.

With the new Bristol Online Survey (BOS), it is now even easier to complete the survey online, especially from a mobile device.

What if I don't wish to take part in the DLHE survey?

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, let the person who has called you know you don't wish to take part, email DLHE@rgu.ac.uk or phone 01224 262110.

Remember that you will need to give us your name and either your student number or your course name in order for us to identify you and remove you from our 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 via the Alumni Association.

What happens to my information?

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

This data may be linked to other information about you held by the University and information we collect may be added to your Alumni record. The Careers and Employability Centre 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, both 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.

We will also send your answers to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). This data will be linked to other information held about you as a student, including information you gave when you enrolled, and details about the qualification you gained. 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

Follow-up survey

A follow-up survey is planned for three years' time, so that we can get more information about the early careers of those with HE qualifications. You might be asked to take part in this follow-up survey as well, which will be carried out by a different organisation on behalf of HESA.

Your contact details will be passed on to the organisation contracted to carry out the survey. That organisation will use your details only for that purpose and will then delete them.

If you don’t want to take part in the follow-up, you will have the chance to opt out when you complete the current survey. Alternatively you can contact us at any time to tell us you don't wish to take part. If a third party has completed the survey on your behalf, you will automatically be opted out of the follow-up survey,

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, all UK universities conduct a Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) survey to find out what graduates are doing six months after graduation.

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? (PDF 900KB)

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?

Push Guide

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)