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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.

The first survey will be of graduates from the 2017/18 academic year. This therefore includes any student whose end date is recorded in the Student / AP Student record as being between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.

Graduates will be split equally across the year into four cohorts. These cohorts will regulate when the graduates are surveyed. We will be 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).


End date of course

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

Census week (2017/18 graduates)

Cohort A

Between 1 August and 31 October

Between 1 December and 10 March (extended from 28 February)

3 to 9 December 2018

Cohort B

Between 1 November and 31 January

Between 1 March and 31 May

4 to 10 March 2019

Cohort C

Between 1 February and 30 April

Between 1 June and 31 August

3 to 9 June 2019

Cohort D

Between 1 May and 31 July

Between 1 September and 30 November

2 to 8 September 2019

It is likely that surveying will commence on the first Monday of the contact period e.g. cohort B opens on Monday 4 March. 

Census week

We are moving 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 will be 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 2018 (a typical pattern for undergraduates) would fall into cohort D and therefore would be surveyed between 1 September and 30 November 2019. 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 2017 (typical for postgraduate taught students) would fall into cohort A and therefore would be surveyed between 1 December 2018 – 10 March 2019, asking them about their activities in the census week, which is the first week in December.