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What 2014/15 graduates did next

HESA publication 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2014/15' released.

The publication, released on 21 July 2016, provides extensive coverage of the 2014/15 DLHE survey. The online introduction includes graphs and tables displaying the survey results including breakdowns of the types of work and further study that leavers were doing six months after graduation.

The data visualisation below shows the proportions of leavers in employment, further study only or unemployment.

76% of all survey respondents were in employment. Of these employed leavers 59% were on permanent or open-ended contracts while 25% were on fixed-term contracts. 4% of employed leavers were self-employed, 3% were on zero-hours contracts, 2% on internships, and 1% were starting up their own business.

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Destinations publication

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2014/15 provides detailed information on the activities of students six months after leaving higher education. The 51 tables in the publication (see contents list) include activity and employment breakdowns by:

  • HE provider
  • Level and mode of qualification
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Ethnicity
  • Class of first degree
  • Subject of study
  • Occupation
  • Industry
  • Location of employment
  • Salary.

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2014/15 is available to purchase now

The free online introduction to the publication includes sector level tables and charts covering various aspects of the survey results.

More results of the 2014/15 DLHE survey can be found here.

Notes for Editors

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  2. The HESA Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing about six months after graduation. Further details about the survey, including the full survey questionnaire, can be found here.
  3. Definitions of the terms used in this press release can be found here.
  4. The visualisation above relates to all UK HE providers. The figures behind the charts, and those for the individual nations of the UK, are available here.
  5. HESA cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived from the data by third parties.

About HESA

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) is the recognised source of data on higher education in the UK. Our experts collect, analyse, and disseminate accurate and comprehensive statistical information on all aspects of UK higher education in order to support the strategic aims of our users and enhance the effectiveness of the sector as a whole. We are a charity and a company limited by guarantee. We operate as an independent organisation, working in close partnership with higher education providers, regulators, funders, government departments, policy makers, and other stakeholders.

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