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An overview of survey timings

The following page provides an overview of the timings for the Graduate Outcomes survey. We've also produced a video overview.

Graduates are split equally across the year into four cohorts. These cohorts regulate when the graduates are surveyed. We are running four surveys a year, to distribute the workload and capture data at around 15 months post-graduation (this will, in reality, be 14-16 months post-graduation).

For C18071:


End date of course

Contact period (c. 15 months after the end date)

Census week (2018/19 graduates)

Cohort A

Between 1 August and 31 October 2018

Between 1 December 2019 and 29 February 2020

2 to 8 December 2019

Cohort B

Between 1 November 2018 and 31 January 2019

Between 1 March and 31 May 2020

2 to 8 March 2020

Cohort C

Between 1 February and 30 April 2019

Between 1 June and 31 August 2020

1 to 7 June 2020

Cohort D

Between 1 May and 31 July 2019

Between 1 September and 30 November 2020

1 to 7 September 2020

It is likely that surveying will commence on the first Monday of the contact period e.g. C18071 cohort A will open on Monday 2 December 2019. 

Census week

We have moved from using a census date (as used in DLHE and LDLHE) to a census week for Graduate Outcomes. This will help avoid confusion, for example where graduates have taken a day off sick that week, and mirrors the approach taken in the Australian Graduate Outcomes Survey.

The census week is the first week of the survey period.


It is recommended that you investigate when your student’s end dates mainly fall. You may find your provider has students whose end dates are distributed across the year, or they may mainly fall into one cohort.

You will also need to investigate when each cohort of students (re-)enrol or (re-)register with you; this will be a crucial time for you to collect comprehensive contact details.


A student whose end date is in June 2019 (a typical pattern for undergraduates) would fall into cohort D and therefore would be surveyed between 1 September and 30 November 2020. The survey would be asking them about their activities in the census week, which is the first week in September.

A student whose end date is in September 2018 (typical for postgraduate taught students) would fall into cohort A and therefore would be surveyed between 1 December 2019 – 29 February 2020, asking them about their activities in the census week, which is the first week in December.