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Graduate Outcomes subscription model

The cost of HESA delivering the Graduate Outcomes service will be met through subscriptions from HE providers. This reflects the centralisation of the survey operations that forms a key element of the new collection.

A chart demonstrating the Graduate Outcomes subscription rates showing how the number of graduates within the survey population of a provider will determine the total subscription.

The subscription model for Graduate Outcomes will follow the approach taken for the main HESA subscription; the subscriptions will reflect the cost of delivering the service and will be distributed across providers in an equitable way.

The Graduate Outcomes subscription will be made up of two elements, a fixed element and a variable element. The fixed element will reflect the fixed costs of the service which include things like the management of the data specification, the provider support service and the analysis and publication functions. The variable element will be specific to each institution and be driven by the number of graduates that fall within the survey population for each provider.

Graduate Outcomes subscription rates timeline

The subscription rates will be agreed with the HESA Board and notified to providers in July of each year. The subscription amounts for each provider will be calculated and invoiced in the following December once the total survey population is calculated from the relevant student data collection. 

Graduate Outcomes subscription 2018/19

This is the first year the Graduate Outcomes survey will be operating and HESA has placed quality at the heart of all procurement activities. The methodology has been designed to drive online uptake, as this is the most cost-effective route to ensuring we get the appropriate response rate.

However, the per capita cost is based on a forecast, and only through running the first year will we be able to refine our forecasting of these costs. We will review our cost estimates at the completion of the survey period, and will reflect the outcomes of this process in the subscription for 2019/20.

For the 2017/18 collection, the fixed component is £500 per institution and the variable element is £6.75 per graduate within the survey population. 

Opt-in question bank costs

We are offering each institution the option to select additional opt-in question banks (pre-determined supplementary questions that sit outside of the core set of survey questions). The opt-in question banks are each individually priced and depend on two factors: the opt-in bank selected and the number of students in the Graduate Outcomes population that are eligible for the question set. 

For the 2017/18 collection, providers are able to select any opt-in question banks (up to a maximum of three) as no statutory customers have chosen to mandate any of them. A breakdown of each individual bank cost can be found below:

Opt-in question bank Population covered Net cost per graduate in the population VAT Cost per graduate in the population
I – Finding a job All graduates 21p 4p 25p 
J – Net Promoter Score All graduates 21p 4p 25p 
K – Graduate Choice All graduates 21p 4p 25p 
L – Research Students All research council graduates (as defined in the Student record) 96p 19p £1.15
M – Newly Qualified Teachers All teacher training graduates (as defined in the Student/AP Student records) 38p 7p 45p
N – Careers Service All graduates 10p 0 10p

Providers will be responsible for calculating the cost of their selected opt-in question bank(s) based off the above information and will be invoiced the cost of their selection after the opt-in bank deadline.