Graduate Outcomes Survey

Students during graduation with scrolls and the UofG sign

The Graduate Outcomes is a survey to find out what recent graduates go on to do after they have graduated. The survey is important because your opinions will help current and future students gain an insight into career destinations and development and the University to shape our programmes for students who are following in your footsteps. The survey contacts graduates:

  • 15 months after graduation
  • by email or phone
  • to learn about your activities and views

What is the Graduate Outcomes survey?

The Graduate Outcomes survey is a national survey capturing information about the activities and perspectives of graduates 15 months after they finish their studies. All graduates (Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research) who completed a course will be asked to take part in the survey, in order to help current and future students gain an insight into career destinations and development. Your responses will also help your university or college to evaluate and promote their courses.

The survey is also of national significance as it allows policy makers, charities, journalists, researchers and others to understand the higher education sector and the state of the graduate labour market.


When will I be surveyed?

You will be surveyed approximately 15 months after you complete your studies.


How will I be surveyed?

You will receive an email inviting you to complete the survey online. You may also be contacted by telephone and asked to complete the survey over the phone. If you are not contactable, the survey organisation may seek the information from a third party, such as a family member.


How will my responses be used?

Your responses will be used by the university and by other organisations for research purposes. Before you start the survey, we will provide detailed information about how your data will be processed, who will receive it, and what they will use it for.

The Graduate Outcomes survey is owned by HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Agency (https://www.hesa.ac.uk/). HESA supports the advancement of the higher education sector by collecting and publishing timely and reliable data about the sector.

The administration of the Graduate Outcomes survey is undertaken by a third-party survey contractor who works in collaboration with HESA and the university.

HESA have provided guidance on how your contact details will be used

Please see the Student collection notice for 2018-19 at:
https://www.hesa.ac.uk/files/HESA_Student_Collection_Notice_2018-19.pdf


What if I don't want to be surveyed?

It is not compulsory to complete the survey. When you are contacted by the survey organisation, you will be able to opt out and you will not be contacted again.

You can only opt out of the Graduate Outcomes survey through the survey organisation.


How do I make sure I am invited to take part in the survey?

The university will pass on your information to HESA. All you need to do is make sure your university has accurate contact information for you – especially a valid email.

If you are still a student at the university you can log in to MyCampus to update your contact details.

If you have left the university you can use this simple form to update your contact details


What do I do if I don’t think my university has my accurate contact information?

You can contact your university at any point up to a week before the survey closes to give them revised contact information. Your university will provide this information to the survey organisation delivering the survey.

If you are still a student at the university you can log in to MyCampus to update your contact details.

If you have left the university you can use this simple form to update your contact details


What do I do if I don’t want to give my university my contact information?

The contact details the university holds for you will be used by HESA to send you the Graduate Outcomes survey.

It is not compulsory to complete the survey. When you are contacted by the survey organisation, you will be able to opt out and you will not be contacted again.

You can only opt-out of the Graduate Outcomes survey through the survey organisation.


What is the university’s legal basis for collecting my Contact Details?

The university is using ‘Legitimate Interest’ as the lawful basis for processing your personal data in this instance, and you should refer to the Student Privacy Notice for details about the processing and management of your personal data.

Please see the University's Student Privacy Notice which tells you how any personal data you submit with your responses will be utilised and protected, and the rights you have in relation to it: Student Privacy Notice


Who runs the Graduate Outcome survey?

The Graduate Outcomes survey is owned by HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Agency (https://www.hesa.ac.uk/).  HESA supports the advancement of the higher education sector by collecting and publishing timely and reliable data about the sector.

The administration of the Graduate Outcomes survey is undertaken by a third-party survey contractor who works in collaboration with HESA and the university.

They have provided guidance on how your contact details will be used


Who owns the Graduate Outcome survey?

The Graduate Outcomes survey is owned by HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Agency (https://www.hesa.ac.uk/). HESA supports the advancement of the higher education sector by collecting and publishing timely and reliable data about the sector.

The administration of the Graduate Outcomes survey is undertaken by a third-party survey contractor who works in collaboration with HESA and the university.

They have provided guidance on how your contact details will be used


Where can I find further information or help?

The university will provide you with further information about the survey shortly before you are invited to complete it.

If you have any questions regarding the survey please email the university at:
planning-hesa-go@glasgow.ac.uk

If you have any other questions about the university’s processing of your personal data please contact:
the University’s Data Protection web pages or contact dp@gla.ac.uk or telephone: 0141 330 3111.

If you have any other questions about HESA and data protection, please see:
the data protection section of the HESA website
or contact HESA's Data Protection Officer: Email: data.protection@hesa.ac.uk; Tel: 01242 211135; Address: HESA, 95 Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1H