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Survey and respondent attributes

HE Graduate Outcomes Data Survey and respondent attributes

Experimental statistics

On this page: Response rates by domicile | by provider | by subject

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

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.

The tables and charts on this page provide information on graduates from higher education. Some information is taken from our Higher Education Graduate Outcomes Statistics: UK, 2018/19 Statistical Bulletin.

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.

Response rates by domicile

Figure 3 - Response rates to the Graduate Outcomes survey by domicile and mode of former study

Academic years 2017/18 to 2018/19


Response rates by provider

Table 5 - Response rates by provider

Academic years 2017/18 to 2018/19

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Response rates by subject

Key fact: The survey (complete + partial) response rate for science subject areas was 6% greater than non-science subject areas.

Table 21 - Response rates by subject of study

Academic years 2017/18 to 2018/19

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