Graduate Outcomes survey

What is the Graduate outcomes survey?Graduate Outcomes logo

The Graduate Outcomes survey is a national survey of all university leavers. It details what students are doing 15 months after the completion of their course.

Why is it important?

While Universities are legally required to conduct the survey, the information is useful to all students; prospective, current and alumni. The information can be used to gain insight into career destinations, the labour market and development trends after graduation at subject, institution and national level.


When and how will I be surveyed?

You will be asked by email or telephone to complete the survey 15 months after graduation.

If you are not contactable, they may seek the information from a third party, such as a family member.

In order to conduct the survey, it is important that we have your up to date contact details. To update:

Still not sure what you want to do?

That's OK, we are here whenever you are ready to start considering your future. Alumni of the university can also continue to use the Careers Service for up to 3 years after graduation.

Need inspiration? If so, check out our huge range of graduate case studies to see what day to day life is in a wide variety of careers. We also have video case studies available on YouTube.

What happens with your information?

Graduate Outcome data is collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). More information regarding HSEA and their role as a trusted source of HE data and analysis is available on their website. In addition, HESA have published more information about the survey for students.

HESA will share your data with the University of Sheffield and we will hold your data for 5 years before deleting it.

Staff at the University of Sheffield maintain a computerised record of the data which enables them to:

  • maintain awareness of the destination patterns of course leavers from the University of Sheffield and of employment trends affecting new graduates
  • inform internal University departments (academic and administrative) of the destinations of graduates
  • advise potential and current students and recent graduates of the range of opportunities available to them
  • respond to external enquiries eg employers interested in locating to the Sheffield area and request statistical information about the proportion of graduates who remain in the local region after graduation.

Please note that any information released to external enquirers, students or graduates of the University will be supplied in a format which does not reveal your identity.


If you have any questions about the Graduate Outcomes survey, please contact the Careers Service at

If you have questions specifically around data protection, you can contact HESA's Data Protection Officer at