Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 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 Birmingham to advise our current students about the opportunities that might be available to them.

Of those who obtained qualifications across the UK in 2012/13, 78% responded to the survey. Of these, 70% reported that they were working and a further 7% were working and studying. 13% were undertaking further study only. 6% of leavers were assumed to be unemployed. More results can be found at

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 Birmingham 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. If you dont want to take part in the follow-up survey 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.

What happens to your information

The University of Birmingham is contacting those people who have recently graduated to ask them to take part in the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014/15.

The data collected from this survey is used internally:

  • to analyse employability trends across subject areas; 
  • to provide analysis of student destinations both in employment and further study to support institutional planning and Careers Network’s work with current students;
  • to feed into institutional Key Performance Indicators on graduate employability;
  • for other related purposes.

The data collected for this survey may also be used by the University to provide information about the employability of our graduates on our website or in promotional materials. When your data is used in this way, it will be aggregated with data received from others who have responded to the survey and will never be published in a form that identifies you.

The University will never use your data to take or support any decisions about you.

By completing the questionnaire you are agreeing to the University recording the information you provide and analysing your data for the purposes as outlined above and for the University to pass coded (anonymous) information to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) for the purposes as outlined in the link provided below. The data will also be stored in the Development, Alumni and Business Engagement Office's database and the following link provides further information about how we use this: University of Birmingham’s Data Protection Information.

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:

Click here to complete the survey (You will need your student ID, which can be found in the email sent to you.)

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