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Data supply and publication

These are our responses and clarifications to issues raised in our consultation around data supply and publications.

The first full NewDLHE publication will be in early 2020, followed up by a publication in late spring which includes the earnings data from the Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) dataset.

Our aim will be to include as much data as possible in Heidi Plus. However exact detail of what will be published cannot be decided until the survey has been finalised.

We have developed graduate voice measures which we'll be putting through rigorous cognitive testing to ensure they stand up to other data sources. We will be providing a diversity of measures of graduate success, which we will be publishing alongside linked data.

We anticipate using the three new measures of graduate success in experimental statistical releases once the first round of NewDLHE surveying has been completed. These releases will be subject to careful review over a couple of years to ensure the data is valid.

Responses to these questions will ask graduates to measure these issues on a scale from ‘strongly agree’ to ‘strongly oppose’. This scale would form the basis of these experimental releases.

There is still additional work to do on these questions. We will be subjecting these – and the entire NewDLHE survey – to cognitive testing to ensure we are gathering robust and revealing information.

Feedback on subjective well-being measures was mixed, with some being strongly in favour, and some against. Therefore, these measures are only included as optional question banks, allowing those providers who are interested in these measures to make use of them.

Dashboards will be available to HE providers to access the raw survey data. Some data may also be made available to HESA’s statutory customers (such as the funding councils) prior to the full release of processed data.


Our intention is to provide all the survey data through the dashboard back to providers. The format of how this is presented will be set out through the implementation phase.

The dashboards which provide data back to providers will be created and managed by HESA. The data supply process will continue to be overseen by HESA. HESA will continue to adhere to high levels of data protection and data security measures.

HESA will be publishing full details of how the survey will operate within the restrictions of GDPR in due course, however we envisage that providers will be able to include this data within their systems.

HESA will consider how to publish this data. We are not responsible for the use by other organisations such as league tables, but will make them aware of what data is available.

The exact details are yet to be specified but the likelihood is we would use aggregations where there were low response rates. We will be specifying what level of partial response is acceptable.

No. The HE sector and graduate labour market have changed substantially since we began collecting destinations data and we feel that to try to preserve a time series will impede our ability to collect the robust and meaningful data that is required.

As part of the implementation, we will be reviewing our UK Performance Indicators. We may add to these, however they are likely to retain some of the same measures.