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Graduate Outcomes 2018/19 data delivery

Graduate Outcomes statistics for 2018/19 graduates will be released in July 2021. HESA will investigate whether the data needs to be weighted, and the effects of Covid restrictions on the four survey cohorts.

HESA has appointed a specialist research organisation to analyse the 2018/19 Graduate Outcomes survey results in advance of publication. The analysis will determine whether weighting needs to be applied to the results to ensure they are representative of the total graduate population. Analysis of the 2017/18 Graduate Outcomes data found that weighting was not required, but each year’s survey needs to be analysed independently.

Further research will assess the varying impact of Covid restrictions on graduates who were surveyed at different dates. The Graduate Outcomes survey asks graduates what they were doing approximately 15 months after graduation. Depending on the date they finished higher education in 2018/19, graduates were asked to complete the survey in  December 2019, March 2020, June 2020, or September 2020. Each of these periods were subject to different circumstances related to the pandemic.

This preparatory work means that results of the survey will be published later than originally planned. Higher education providers will receive un-weighted results for their own graduates by the end of April with weighting values provided, if necessary, in June.

Summary results at a national level will be published in a Statistical Bulletin in July. A more detailed open data release, including HE provider level statistics, will follow a week or two later.

Full publication dates will be published on HESA’s Upcoming data releases page no less than four weeks before publication.

About Graduate Outcomes

The Graduate Outcomes survey is the biggest annual social survey in the UK and captures the perspectives and current status of graduates. All graduates who complete a higher education course in the UK are asked to take part in the survey 15 months after they finish their studies.
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