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Graduate Outcomes Contact Details record 2017/18

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Version 1.0 Produced 2017-12-05

Contents: Overview | Graduate Outcomes population | Survey cohorts | HE-level students at Further Education Colleges | Student record exclusions from the Graduate Outcomes population | Alternative Provider student record exclusions from the Graduate Outcomes population

Overview

Graduate Outcomes collects information about the activities and perspectives of graduates 15 months after they complete their studies. Graduate Outcomes has two parts: the collection of personal contact details for graduates and the specification of the survey itself. This coding manual describes the collection of personal contact details only, although the coverage applies for both records.

The population is based on information provided in HESA’s Student and Alternative provider student records, as well as in records of further education (FE) provision collected by the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland (DfeNI) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. These records include information on all students registered at the reporting provider and following relevant higher education programmes of study leading to the award of a qualification or provider credit.

All graduates who fall into the Graduate Outcomes population will be surveyed, and all responses received that meet the minimum data requirements will be returned to HESA.

Graduate Outcomes population

The Graduate Outcomes target population contains all students reported to HESA or the funding councils as obtaining relevant higher education qualifications during the reporting period 01 August to 31 July, and whose study was full-time or part-time (including sandwich students and those writing-up theses).

Awards from dormant status are only included in the target population for postgraduate research students. Relevant qualifications exclude intercalated degrees, awards to visiting students, students on post-registration health and social care courses, and professional qualifications for serving school teachers.

Survey cohorts

The population is split into four cohorts that will be surveyed at different times of the year. This will be determined by when the student completed their studies. This information is given in the following fields: Instance.ENDDATE in the HESA records; and STMAOS.END_Date in the Consolidated Data Return (CDR).

From the total population:

  • Students who completed their studies between 1 August 2017 and 31 October 2017 will be surveyed in the December 2018 contact period.
  • Students who completed their studies between 1 November 2017 and 31 January 2018 will be surveyed in the March 2019 contact period.
  • Students who completed their studies between 1 February 2018 and 30 April 2018 will be surveyed in the June 2019 contact period.
  • Students who completed their studies between 1 May 2018 and 31 July 2018 will be surveyed in the September 2019 contact period.

Where an individual has been awarded qualifications which fall into different survey periods they should be surveyed multiple times. The Provider.CENSUS data item will be used by the survey contractor to indicate which survey a response applies to. An individual making multiple responses will be included in the dataset multiple times, allowing their responses to be linked to the relevant qualifications awarded.

HE-level students at Further Education Providers

The Graduate Outcomes population includes students at FE providers pursuing HE level courses. HE level courses include the following qualification types:

  • HNC
  • HND
  • Foundation degree
  • CertED
  • DipHE
  • Diploma of teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)
  • First degree included: BEd, BA, BSc, BEng, BMus, LLB
  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • PGCE
  • Higher degree (postgraduate) including: MSc, MA, MBA

The awarding body for these qualifications should be one of:

  • A UK higher education provider with the power to award degrees
  • EDEXCEL or SQA (for HND or HNC qualifications only)
  • A further education college with the power to award foundation degrees (for foundation degrees only)

The Graduate Outcomes records include the following students studying at further education colleges pursuing higher education qualifications:

  • Students studying on courses in further education providers, which are franchised from HE institutions (included in the HESA Student record)
  • Directly funded HE students at FE providers in Wales (included in the HESA Student record)
  • Directly funded HE students at FE providers in Northern Ireland (population supplied via the Consolidated Data Return (CDR) from DfENI).
  • Directly funded HE students at FE providers in England will be included in the Graduate Outcomes survey. The details of how FECs in England will interact with the survey, including the collection of contact details, is currently under discussion.

Student record exclusions from the Graduate Outcomes population

1.The following higher education qualifications (QualificationsAwarded.QUAL).

Awards for Visiting students

  • L91 - Visiting research students at levels D or L, with formal or informal credit
  • M91 - Visiting taught students at levels E or M, with formal or informal credit
  • H91 - Visiting students at level H, with formal or informal credit
  • I91 - Visiting students at level I, with formal or informal credit
  • M76 - Post-registration health and social care qualification at level M
  • H76 - Post-registration health and social care qualification at level H other than a first degree with honours
  • I76 - Post-registration health and social care qualification at level I other than an ordinary (non-honours) first degree
  • J76 - Post-registration health and social care qualification at level J

Professional qualifications for serving schoolteachers

  • M72 - Post-registration education qualification at level M other than a masters degree for serving schoolteachers
  • H72 - Professional qualification at level H for serving schoolteachers other than a first degree with honours
  • I72 - Professional qualification at level I for serving schoolteachers

Awards of credit

  • C90 - Credits at level C
  • D90 - Provider credit at level D that can count towards a research-based higher degree
  • E90 - Advanced taught study at level E for provider credit
  • L90 - Provider credit at level L that can count towards a research-based higher degree
  • M90 - Taught work at level M for provider credit
  • H90 - Credits at level H
  • I90 - Credits at level I
  • J90 - Credits at level J
2. All further education level qualifications

Those QualificationsAwarded.QUAL that begin with P, Q, R, S or X.

3. Students studying on an intercalated course (Instance.INTERCALATE).
  • 01 - This student is studying on an intercalated course

4. Students studying mainly overseas (Instance.LOCSDY).

  • S - Studying abroad and included in the Student record as student has spent or will spend more than 8 weeks in the UK

5. Incoming exchange students (Instance.EXCHANGE).

  • 4 - Other incoming exchange or visiting student
  • G - Incoming ERASMUS student

6. Deceased students (Instance.RSNEND).

  • 05 - Death

7. Qualifications awarded from dormant (suspended study) status, except Postgraduate Research qualifications (Instance.MODE).

Unless the first character of the qualification code is either D or L

  • 63 - Dormant - previously full-time
  • 64 - Dormant - previously part-time

8. Students who have been transferred out of the provider to another as part of collaborative supervision arrangements (Instance.RSNEND).

  • 12 - Transferred out as part of collaborative supervision arrangements

Alternative Provider student record exclusions from the Graduate Outcomes population

1. The following higher education qualifications (QualificationsAwarded.QUAL).

Awards for Visiting students

  • H91 - Visiting students at level H, with formal or informal credit
  • I91 - Visiting students at level I, with formal or informal credit

Post-registration health and social care awards

  • H76 - Post-registration health and social care qualification at level H other than a first degree with honours
  • I76 - Post-registration health and social care qualification at level I other than an ordinary (non-honours) first degree
  • J76 - Post-registration health and social care qualification at level J

Professional qualifications for serving schoolteachers

  • H72 - Professional qualification at level H for serving schoolteachers other than a first degree with honours
  • I72 - Professional qualification at level I for serving schoolteachers

Awards of credit

  • H90 - Credits at level H
  • I90 - Credits at level I
  • J90 - Credits at level J
  • C90 - Credits at level C

2. Students studying mainly overseas (InstancePeriod.LOCSDY).

  • S - Studying abroad and included in the Student record as student has spent or will spend more than 8 weeks in the UK

3. Incoming exchange students (InstancePeriod.EXCHIND).

  • 1 - Incoming exchange student

4. Deceased students (Instance.RSNEND).

  • 05 - Death

5. Qualifications awarded from dormant (suspended study) status, except Postgraduate Research qualifications (InstancePeriod.NOTACT).

For every Instance.InstancePeriod in a reporting period:

  • 1 - Student is not in active study
  • 2 - DH/NHS student temporarily stepping-off Continuity Register

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