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Graduate Outcomes steering group

The Graduate Outcomes steering group was dissolved in 2023 following integration of the survey as ‘business as usual’.

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 was the steering group established to advise HESA through the implementation phase of the Graduate Outcomes survey, and into business as usual.

Terms of reference

  • Met two times per year (or as required)
  • Advised on the development of the survey
  • Worked to ensure the survey meets the needs of customers by reflecting the views of groups represented
  • Provided challenge across all aspects of delivery (fieldwork through to quality assurance, data delivery and Official Statistics outputs)
  • Provided expertise and ‘know how’
  • Worked to promote the survey, including communicating its purpose, strengths, limitations and the appropriate use of the survey outputs.


The steering group reflected the diversity of the UK HE sector. The group included HESA statutory customers as well as planners and careers from HE providers of different sizes and type of provision from all countries of the UK.

Individuals on the group drew 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 advised in the best interests of the HE sector.