This Statistical First Release (SFR) is the annual first release of HESA Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) data. In previous years it has been titled Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education in the United Kingdom. This release focuses on all publicly funded UK HE providers and the University of Buckingham. It also includes, for 2016/17, data for leavers from HE level courses at further education (FE) colleges in Wales (of which there were 355 leavers in the DLHE target population). All are fully subscribed members of HESA. Experimental statistics on the destinations of leavers from alternative providers will be reported on in a separate release, Higher Education Leavers Statistics: Alternative Providers 2016/17 on 12 July 2018.
DLHE data is collected in respect of successful leavers from HE providers 6 months after their completion of study. Following a major review, we anticipate this will be the final year of DLHE outputs. A new Graduate Outcomes survey is being implemented and will survey graduates approximately 15 months after completing their studies. The first Graduate Outcomes data is due to be published in spring 2020.
In 2016/17, there were 419,120 UK and other EU leavers who responded to the DLHE survey from the target population of 542,535, an overall response rate of 77%. This response rate is lower than the response rate of 78% in 2015/16.
Figure 3 - Response rates to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey by domicile
Non-EU leavers achieved a response rate of 34%. Due to this and varying response rates for non-EU leavers across the sector, data for these leavers are excluded from the Summary and all following sections of the SFR. For more information on the coverage of the DLHE survey please refer to the definitions.
Readers should be aware that data definitions sometimes change over time. Any significant changes have been explained in the definitions.