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Higher Education Graduate Outcomes Statistics: UK, 2018/19 - Graduate reflections

Statistical Bulletin Experimental SB260

Experimental statistics

How did graduates feel about their current activities?

Graduates were asked three questions to summarise their feelings about their activities at the time of the survey (these questions are commonly referred to as graduate voice questions). Note that answers to these questions vary depending on the activities they were doing.  

Figure 17 shows:

  • Among those in employment and further study, postgraduates generally agreed more than undergraduates that their current activity was meaningful, fitted with their future plans and utilised what they studied. This was true in both the 2017/18 and 2018/19 graduate cohorts.
  • For both postgraduates and undergraduates, those who'd studied part-time agreed with the questions more than those who'd studied full-time.
  • When breaking down unemployed graduates by domicile, UK graduates were more likely to disagree with the questions than those from non-UK countries. 

Figure 17 - Graduate reflections

Academic years 2017/18 to 2018/19


Figure 18 shows:

  • There was little variation in the responses of graduates by activity in the 2018/19 survey compared with responses seen in the 2017/18 survey.
  • Across both years, graduates in full-time further study at the time of the survey were the most likely to respond agree or strongly agree to the questions compared to those in other activities. 
  • Among those who graduated in 2018/19, a higher proportion of those in voluntary or unpaid work responded agree or strongly agree than those in part-time employment. This was also true among 2017/18 graduates.

Figure 18 - Graduate reflections on activities

Academic years 2017/18 to 2018/19


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