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Information for students/graduates

The Graduate Outcomes survey is a national survey capturing information about the activities and perspectives of graduates 15 months after they finish their studies. All graduates who completed a course will be asked to take part in the survey, in order to help current and future students gain an insight into career destinations and development. Your responses will also help your university or college to evaluate and promote their courses.

The survey is also of national significance as it allows policy makers, charities, journalists, researchers and others to understand the higher education sector and the state of the graduate labour market.

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You will be surveyed approximately 15 months after you complete your studies.

You will receive an email inviting you to complete the survey online. You may also be contacted by telephone and asked to complete the survey over the phone. If you are not contactable, we may seek the information from a third party, such as a family member.

Your responses will be used by your university/college and by other organisations for research purposes. Before you start the survey, we will provide detailed information about how your data will be processed, who will receive it, and what they will use it for.

It is not compulsory to complete the survey. When you are contacted to complete the survey you will be able to opt out and you will not be contacted again.

You have the right to object to HESA contacting you for the Graduate Outcomes survey. If you don't want to be contacted for the survey please email [email protected].

If you wish to opt-out of any further contact from your provider this must be done through direct contact with your provider.

Your university/college will pass on your information to us. All you need to do is make sure your university has accurate contact information for you – especially a valid email.

You can contact your university/college at any point up to a week before the survey closes to give them revised contact information. Your university/college will provide this information to the contractor delivering the survey.

The contact details your provider holds for you will be used by HESA to send you the Graduate Outcomes survey. Your provider will need to tell you separately about any other use of your contact information.

The Graduate Outcomes survey is owned by HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Agency. HESA supports the advancement of the higher education sector by collecting and publishing timely and reliable data about the sector.

The administration of the Graduate Outcomes survey is undertaken by a third-party survey contractor who works in collaboration with HESA and your university/college.

Your university/college will provide you with further information about the survey shortly before you are invited to complete it.

If you have any other questions about HESA and data protection, please see the data protection section of the HESA website or contact HESA's Data Protection Officer:

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Tel: 01242 211135
  • Address: HESA, 95 Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1H

If you have any questions which are not answered above, please contact Liaison by email: [email protected], or phone: +44 (0)1242 211144.