About the survey

The survey we are asking you to take part in is a national survey of everyone who has recently qualified from any university or HE college in the UK. The information you provide will also be very useful to us at the University of Exeter to advise our current students about the opportunities that might be available to them. 

Of those who obtained qualifications across the UK in 2015/16, 77.9% of UK and EU leavers responded to the survey. Of those UK leavers, 70.8% reported that they were working, 14.3% were undertaking further study and a further 5.7% were working and studying. 4.7% of all UK leavers reported being unemployed 6 months after graduating from university. More results can be found here.

If we don’t hear from you we will try to contact you again, possibly by phone, so please let us know if you change your email address or phone number. If we can’t get in touch with you at all, we may try to get information about what you were doing from someone else, either at the University of Exeter or someone we can reach using the contact information you have previously provided. If you don’t want us to do this, or you don’t want to give us any information at all, please tell us. Below are details about what happens to your information after it is sent to us. 

A follow-up survey is planned for three years’ time so that we can get even more information about the early careers of those with HE qualifications. You might be asked to take part in this follow-up survey as well, which will be carried out by a different organisation. The current survey may also be audited – that is, checked to make sure it has been carried out correctly. If you don’t want to take part in the follow-up survey, or to be contacted during an audit, please let us know. You can also let us know that you do not want to take part in the follow-up survey by ticking the box at the end of the questionnaire. 

Graduating after 1st August 2017?

As a 2017/18 graduate you will not be expected to complete the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 6 months after leaving University, instead you will be asked to complete the Graduate Outcomes survey, which now surveys leavers 15 months after graduating.  For more information please see the Higher Education Statistical Agency webpages.

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What happens to your information

The data will be used within the University by Student Employability and Academic Success (SEAS) staff and members of staff within your old department for the purposes outlined below.

The details of your destination will be made available, in an anonymised format, to individuals or organisations who have an interest in the destinations of our graduates. These include current and prospective students of the University who wish to find out about what occupations certain courses may lead to, and employers of graduates who wish to target their recruitment activities on specific courses.

Anonymised information may be used in University publications, such as the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Prospectus, publicity materials produced by University or on official University web page(s).

We'll also pass on your information to the Alumni office, who will use it according to their data protection policy.

We will send information from this survey to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). The uses that HESA makes of your survey responses are described in detail here.