The University of Sheffield Careers Service collects data on the destinations of graduates approximately six months after graduation in accordance with guidelines set by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). This data forms part of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey that is conducted at all UK universities.
The 2016/17 cohort, was the last DLHE survey collection.
From December 2018, data will be collected under the new 'Graduate Outcomes' survey. Further information about the survey and how this impacts the university can be found in the tab below.
If you have any queries about destinations data or about GEMS please contact:
Accessing destinations data for the University of Sheffield
In line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act this data must not be made available to anyone other than members of University staff having a legitimate interest in it.
What is it?
Between July 2015 and June 2017, there was a major review of destinations and outcomes data, referred to as the NewDLHE review. The NewDLHE review drew on extensive collaboration with experts from the HE sector and beyond, and has designed a new model for collecting information about what higher education students do after graduation. This model will capture rich, robust and comprehensive data using a more efficient and future-proof methodology.
The outcome of the review is the ‘Graduate Outcomes’ survey. The new survey will show details of students’ employment further study 15 months after leaving university, for all UK universities.
Why do we take part?
All UK higher education institutions are legally required to take part in the survey. Data is collected and returned in accordance with guidelines set by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
But the University also wants to collect this data, as the results:
Who is surveyed?
Anyone who recently completed a course at The University of Sheffield will be asked to take part in the survey. The survey covers UK, EU and non-EU international graduates who were registered as full-time, part-time or distance learners. The annual cohort includes anyone who successfully completed a course at first or higher degree levels (includes degrees, diplomas, and certificates).
How is it different to DLHE?
The new survey will be significantly different to the DLHE survey:
What does it mean for us?
Providers have two main responsibilities:
1. Collect, maintain, and submit accurate contact details
For each graduate, we need to return at least:
2. Promote the survey to students and graduates
Best practice suggests that there’s particular value in promoting the survey at the following points:
Best practice also suggests that there is a value in engaging academic schools and individual lecturers in the promotion of the survey – as students respond better to familiar points of contact.
Promotion should be done only to raise the survey’s profile. We will not be able to direct graduates to complete the survey, as graduates will access it through a unique URL provided by the survey contractor.
The Careers Service will provide guidance and advice to academic departments on both responsibilities in the near future once plans are finalised.
When can we expect to see the results?
The final data set collected by UoS was submitted in March 2018. Results are now available via GEMS.
There is now a long gap whilst Graduate Outcomes is implemented and data is collected. The next set of data will be available early 2020. It is worth noting the increased time lag as the 2016/17 results will be the only available statistics for over 18 months.