Destinations data

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:
Stephen Davie
Tel: 2220929
Email: s.davie@sheffield.ac.uk

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Access data

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.

GEMS (Graduate Employment Market Statistics)

GEMS is an interactive database that enables staff to interrogate destinations data for most graduates who completed first and higher degrees, diplomas and certificates from the past six years. The system is flexible, easy to use and results are almost immediate. Key features include:

  • the facility to differentiate between graduate and non-graduate employment outcomes
  • identify employers who have recruited graduates
  • produce calculations that mirror the Graduate Prospects scores used in media university league tables
  • track destination trends
  • view salary information.

Key analyses of the most recent survey are available as downloads from this screen including a table showing the performance of departments in the subject league tables published by The Times , The Guardian and The Complete University Guide.

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National results

National results

HESA online destination statistics Headline DLHE statistics including employment activity and most important activity by level of qualification obtained and mode of study. Data from 1994 to present available.
HESA employment performance indicators The employment indicator (EPI) expresses the number of UK domiciled graduates who say they are working or studying (or both) as a percentage of all those who are working or studying or seeking work. The tables provide a breakdown by Higher Education institution and include the response rates of the DLHE survey, as well as the EPI score and benchmark.
Graduate labour market information The Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) is an independent research charity specialising in higher education and graduate employment.HECSU logo

HECSU aim to:
- improve the dissemination of information about higher education and graduate employment
- contribute to knowledge of student and graduate career development and employment by conducting and commissioning research
- work with careers advisers, academic staff, and employers to support graduate employability

What do graduates do? Published annually, What Do Graduates Do? is a collaboration between AGCAS and HECSU: HECSU provides the facts and figures from the DLHE returns and members of the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group apply their expertise to provide commentary and written articles to help interpret the figures.
Unistats subject/institution comparison site The official website for comparing UK higher education course data. The website includes official data for undergraduate courses on each university and college's satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey, jobs and salaries after study and other key information for prospective students.
University league tables
The Times Good University Guide

Results released approximately late September. (Subscription required to access full data tables)The Times Good University Guide

The Complete University Guide

Results released approximately late April.the-complete-university-guide

Guardian University Guide

Results released approximately late May.The Guardian logo

Graduate Outcomes

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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:

  • help future students make informed choices about their choice of university or course
  • help us to review our courses
  • contribute to the University’s positioning in league tables
  • enable the Careers Service to provide tailored careers advice

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:

  • Graduates will be surveyed approximately 15 months after graduation rather than 6 months.
  • There will be four surveys each year, beginning in December, March, June, and September.
  • UoS will no longer collect the survey responses, Graduate Outcomes will be administered by a central survey contractor that will collect all UK HEI’s data.
  • Graduate Outcomes responses rates will be adjusted taking in consideration of the longer gap between graduation and point of survey. Specific response rates are still to be confirmed HESA.
  • There will be several new performance measures based on ‘the graduate voice’ e.g. How meaningful or important they feel their activity to be.
  • Linked data will be utilised to collect salary and further study details.
  • Institutional third-party responses will no longer be accepted.

What does it mean for us?

Providers have two main responsibilities:

1. Collect, maintain, and submit accurate contact details
HE providers will be expected to maintain and supply comprehensive and accurate contact details for their graduates.

For each graduate, we need to return at least:

  • 1 personal email address (university email address can be provided as an additional)
  • 1 phone number
  • 1 postal address

2. Promote the survey to students and graduates
We are able to raise the profile of the survey at any point before or during the contact period.

Best practice suggests that there’s particular value in promoting the survey at the following points:

  • During the student’s final weeks of teaching
  • At graduation
  • Shortly before the contact period starts

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.