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Graduate Outcomes steering group

Open centralisation includes a transparent approach to governance to maintain the confidence of funders and users of the survey, including HE providers.

A key aspect of this approach is the steering group that has been established to advise HESA through the implementation phase of the Graduate Outcomes survey, and into business as usual.

Implementation phase

The main role of the group through the implementation phase is advising HESA on the development of the record, including:

  1. The nature of the survey questions
  2. The proposed survey methodology
  3. The procurement process
  4. Optimising the survey to reduce survey fatigue
  5. Quality assurance, including coding activities and target response rates
  6. Actions required following the cognitive testing
  7. Terms of reference of potential audit reviews of HESA
  8. Lessons learnt from the post-implementation review following the first full survey cycle
  9. Issues arising from HESA’s ongoing Privacy Impact Assessment relating to the survey.

The group are acting as advocates for the Graduate Outcomes survey, which includes promoting the survey within their organisation/professional community or speaking at events.

Business as usual phase

We will review the remit and role of the steering group once we have completed the implementation of the Graduate Outcomes record.


The steering group reflect the diversity of the UK HE sector. The group includes both HE providers and HESA statutory customers and membership from:

  • Across all countries of the UK
  • HE providers of different sizes and type of provision
  • Different roles within HE providers, including planners and careers advisors.

Individuals on the group are drawing on their own knowledge and experience and that of their employing organisation to provide advice to HESA to support the successful implementation of Graduate Outcomes. Members are advising in the best interests of the HE sector.

Those listed below are members of the steering group (updated May 2020).

Representative Organisation

Anna Sherratt

Office for Students

Angela West / Emma Mock / Elizabeth Heal

Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

Elizabeth Bell

St Mary's University Twickenham

Nicola Kivlichan

Edinburgh Napier University

Ravi Kumar

London School of Management Education

Michael MacNeill

Department for Education (Northern Ireland)

Naomi Oosman-Watts

Newcastle University/Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services

Kenny Wilson / Martin Smith

Scottish Funding Council

Mike Wilson

Bangor University

Matthew Andrews 

Association of Heads of University Administration/University of Gloucestershire

Ellen Cocking

Open University

Claire Callendar

UCL Institute of Education and Birkbeck University

Gareth James


Arti Saraswat

Association of Colleges

Frances Burstow


Charlie Ball

HECSU (Jisc)

Jade Bird / Katherine Green / Rebecca Armstrong / Sedeek Ameer Welsh Government
Kathryn Heywood Jisc
Adam Lowe Independent HE (IHE)


Members of HESA staff

The steering group is chaired by Rob Phillpotts, Managing Director HESA Statutory.

Meetings are being held quarterly, although the group is likely to be asked to input via email more regularly. The membership is being kept under regular review.