Graduate Outcomes Survey
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?
Graduate Outcomes is the biggest UK annual social survey and captures the perspectives and current status of recent graduates.
All graduates who completed a higher education course in the UK after August 2017 are asked to take part in the survey 15 months after they finish their studies. The survey aims to help current and future students gain an insight into career destinations and development.
This will help to gain an understanding of the graduate perspective and what success looks like for you following your time in higher education. Your valuable responses will help the university evaluate and promote our courses.
Why should I complete the survey?
As the biggest UK annual social survey, the collective graduate voice is powerful and will directly impact the future of education for prospective students. Join your fellow graduates and be part of the picture of education today.
You will also be helping the university understand the choices you’ve made since graduation and how this reflects the skills you developed whilst in education. This will ensure we are promoting our courses accurately to prospective students.
What will I be asked about?
The survey asks you about what you’re doing 15 months after completing your higher education course. It also asks some subjective questions about how you feel about your current situation and general wellbeing. The survey includes a set of core questions and your response won’t be used if you don’t answer all of these questions.
What are the subjective wellbeing questions and do I have to provide responses?
The subjective wellbeing questions ask the following on a scale of 0 to 10:
- How satisfied are you with your life nowadays?
- To what extent do you feel that the things you do in your life are worthwhile?
- How happy did you feel yesterday?
- Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?
These aren’t mandatory so you don’t have to share this information if you are unhappy to do so. You should take your time to decide if you are happy before providing an answer, but they do add value to your survey answers. The university will not receive your answers to the subjective wellbeing questions in a way that identifies you (we will only get aggregated statistical information about the wellbeing questions).
When will I be surveyed?
Graduates will be grouped across the year into four cohorts based on the end date of your course. Depending on when your course ended, you will receive your survey invitation around 15 months later. For example, if your course ended in August to October 2020, you’ll receive the survey in December 2021.
The table below shows when you will be surveyed:
|End date of course||Survey invitation|
|August - October 2020||December 2021|
|November 2020 - January 2021||March 2022|
|February - April 2021||June 2022|
|May - July 2021||September 2022|
You will have approximately 12 weeks to complete the survey and you will be sent emails and texts to remind you to take part.
How will I be surveyed?
HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Agency (https://www.hesa.ac.uk/) works with the university. You will receive an email from email@example.com inviting you to complete the survey online. This is the quickest and easiest way to take part. You can take the survey on most devices so you can complete it on the morning commute, on your lunch hour over a sandwich or when you get a spare few minutes in your day.
You can save your place in the survey and come straight back to where you left off – just don’t forget to complete it in full. If you start the survey but don’t complete it, you’ll receive a reminder. If you don’t want to finish the survey, we will keep your answers if you completed the core questions or delete everything if you didn’t get that far.
You may also be contacted by telephone. HESA is delivering the survey and it has appointed a company called IFF Research to call graduates to encourage survey participation over the phone. They will identify themselves as calling on behalf of the university.
If you are not contactable by email, text or phone, they may seek the answers to the survey from a third party, such as a family member who answers the phone. If someone else completes the survey on your behalf and you would rather provide your own answers, you can still complete the survey yourself and over-write the third-party answers. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to complete your own survey in place of a third-party response.
Who will contact me about the survey?
The Graduate Outcomes survey is delivered by HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Agency (https://www.hesa.ac.uk/) on behalf of the UK higher education funding and regulatory bodies working with the university.
- Email: The survey will be emailed to you - the email will come from Graduate Outcomes using this email address: email@example.com. These emails will contain a link to the online survey.
- Text messages: You will receive text reminders from ‘GradOutcome’. These texts will contain a link to the online survey.
- Phone: If you receive a phone call regarding the survey, it will be from a HESA appointed company called IFF Research, who will capture survey responses by phone. They will introduce themselves as calling on behalf of the university.
How long will the survey take to complete?
The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete online and slightly longer over the phone.
How do I make sure I am invited to take part in the survey?
The university will securely pass on your contact details to HESA for the sole purpose of administering the Graduate Outcomes survey. All you need to do is make sure the university has accurate contact information for you – especially a valid email address and phone number. You can do this at any point up to a week before the survey closes. Then make sure you respond to the email survey invitation as soon as you receive it.
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
How will/did you get my email address/telephone number?
The university is actively collaborating with HESA in the delivery of the Graduate Outcomes survey. As part of the set up, the university has or will supply the contact details they hold for you to HESA for the sole purpose of conducting the Graduate Outcomes survey.
Can I take the survey at a different time?
When you receive your survey invitation is determined by the month you graduated. We need all graduates to complete the survey approximately 15 months after the end of your studies so we are unable to alter this timeframe otherwise it will lead to inconsistent results. Refer to the table in 'When will I be surveyed?' above to find out when you’ll receive your invitation. You’ll have 12 weeks to complete the survey from the first email invitation.
I need to make changes to my survey but it won't let me go back - why is this?
This is an additional security measure which has been put in place to protect your partial survey response. If you wish to amend previously submitted information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and HESA will contact you to arrange this.
What are the results of previous surveys?
National level results from 2017-18 have been released as experimental statistics by HESA. These statistics can be found on the HESA website. They have also shared a snapshot of some of these statistics on their survey results page to help you understand how your participation creates a picture of graduate success that can support the future of higher education.
The university also has a suite of data for our own graduates which we can use to evaluate, promote and improve our courses.
Privacy and data protection
How will my responses be used?
Your responses will be used by the university, higher education funding and regulatory bodies and some other organisations primarily for research and statistical purposes, but also in the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority. Your individual answers won’t be used to make decisions about you.
You can view some of the statistics from 2017-18 on HESA's survey results page.
In the email survey invitation, HESA will provide a link to the privacy information page on this website which shares detailed information about how your data will be processed, who will receive it, and what they will use it for. Read more about your privacy »
See the impact of previous surveys: You Said, We Did!
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.
This 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.
What if I don't want to be surveyed?
It is not compulsory to complete the survey but we hope you understand the benefit that your input will have for the future of education. To opt-out please use the opt-out link in the footer of the email invitation, or email email@example.com with this instruction, or let HESA know when they call you. You can also request to opt-out of the survey by emailing the university direct: UofG Graduate Outcomes Helpdesk
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 only be used by HESA to send you the Graduate Outcomes survey.
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.
Are my contact details held securely?
HESA takes information security extremely seriously and is committed to keeping your data secure. HESA is certified to the ISO27001 international standard for information security management, and the UK Cyber Essentials PLUS standard for cyber security. HESA undertakes detailed monitoring and penetration testing of the systems used to run the Graduate Outcomes survey to keep all your information secure.
Who runs the Graduate Outcome survey?
The survey is delivered by the Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited (“HESA”) to help universities and colleges (HE providers) fulfil their legal requirement to report on the outcomes of higher education to the higher education funding and regulatory bodies. The funding and regulatory bodies commission the Graduate Outcomes survey and require HESA and HE providers to work together to deliver the survey.
HESA supports the advancement of the higher education sector by collecting and publishing timely and reliable data about the sector. HESA is working in collaboration with all UK higher education providers to deliver the survey.
Where can I find further information?
The university will provide you with further information about the survey shortly before you are invited to complete it. You can also learn more on HESA's website https://www.graduateoutcomes.ac.uk/student-q and you can take part in the dialogue on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01242 388 513 Address: HESA, 95 Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1HZ. Read more about your privacy »
If you have any other questions regarding the survey please email the university's Graduate Outcomes Helpdesk at: email@example.com
COVID-19 and Graduate Outcomes
The Graduate Outcomes survey is key research that influences the future of higher education. By enabling remote working, HESA are able to continue to survey graduates and deliver the survey at this time.
Joining the dialogue
How can I influence others to complete the survey?
It’s vital that we receive high response rates from graduates to ensure the results are representative. We’d love your support in spreading the word amongst your fellow graduates. On this page, you’ll find some materials that you can use on your favourite social media channels so you can help us get the message out.