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Graduates' reflections on activity

HE Graduate Outcomes Data Graduates' reflections on activity

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On this page: Graduates' reflections by subject area of degreeprovider | classification of first degree | salary band | employment basis

The 2018/19 Graduate Outcomes survey was sent to graduates who qualified from their higher education course between August 2018 and July 2019. Surveying commenced in December 2019 for the first of four cohorts. Shortly after surveying began for the second cohort, the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. This meant that many graduates were completing the survey at various points during the pandemic. The Graduate Outcomes quality report details further information about survey alterations due to the pandemic.

The quality of data used in this release is not thought to be adversely affected by the pandemic. Results and trends emerging from the data this year do however reflect the circumstances under which it was collected. In particular, small changes around the activities of graduates are apparent (including an increase in the proportion of graduates unemployed and a drop in those taking time out to travel). Further details about the analysis we have undertaken to explore the impact of the pandemic on the 2018/19 Graduate Outcomes dataset is provided in an insight briefing: The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Graduate Outcomes 2018/19

Graduates were asked three questions to summarise their feelings about their activities at the time of the survey (these questions are commonly referred to as graduate voice questions). The following tables display responses to these questions.

Accompanying this release is a suite of supporting information in the form of a user guide. This contains guidance on the history and background to the survey, survey methodology and the Graduate Outcomes quality report.

All tables and charts include a link underneath allowing you to download the data you see on screen, including filters, and will also include a link to download the complete source data as a machine-readable csv file.

Subject area of degree

Chart 1 - Graduates’ reflection on activity by subject area of degree

Academic years 2017/18 to 2018/19


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Table 8 - Graduate reflections by provider

Academic years 2017/18 to 2018/19


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Classification of first degree

Chart 3 - Graduates’ reflection on activity by classification of first degree

Academic years 2017/18 2018/19



Salary band

Chart 12 - Graduates’ reflection on activity by salary band

Academic years 2017/18 to 2018/19



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Employment basis

Chart 15 - Reflections of graduates working for an employer in the UK by employment contract basis

Academic years 2017/18 to 2018/19



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