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Graduates' subjective wellbeing

HE Graduate Outcomes Data Graduates' subjective wellbeing

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On this page: Graduates' subjective wellbeing by graduate activities | subject area of degree | classification of first degree | sex | domicile

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What is Subjective Wellbeing?

The Graduate Outcomes survey asks four questions that were developed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to measure people’s own assessment of their general wellbeing. The same questions are used by ONS and other survey organisations across many social surveys.

There are many factors that influence individuals’ state of wellbeing and data users are advised not to draw causal relationships between higher education experience and wellbeing approximately 15 months after HE course completion. Published statistics are aggregated to a high level to ensure that all responses remain anonymous.

HESA has agreed with the Graduate Outcomes steering group that we will not publish nor disseminate 2017/18 subjective wellbeing data at provider level. We intend to undertake further work to better understand the characteristics of this data over the coming years.

See Definitions: Graduate Outcomes for information on the banding of responses in published charts.

Please see this blog post for more detailed discussion of subjective wellbeing in Graduate Outcomes: Asking graduates how they feel

Graduate activities

Chart 10 - Graduates' subjective wellbeing by activity

Academic year 2017/18



View more detailed tables on graduates' activities and characteristics

Subject area of degree

Chart 11 - Graduates' subjective wellbeing by subject area of degree

Academic year 2017/18



Classification of first degree

Chart 8 - Graduates' subjective wellbeing by classification of first degree

Academic year 2017/18



View more detailed tables on previous study characteristics


Chart 7 - Graduates' subjective wellbeing by sex

Academic year 2017/18




Chart 9 - Graduates' subjective wellbeing by domicile

Academic year 2017/18



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