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. Information about how the DLHE information is collected at this University can be viewed at 'Guide to DLHE'.
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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.
|Guide to DLHE||
What it is, annual time frames, how data is collected and presented
What it is
DLHE is an annual survey which seeks to determine what graduates are doing approximately six months after graduation. All UK higher education institutions participate. HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Agency) manages the survey and is responsible for the design of the questionnaire and the central collation and publication of national data. At Sheffield responsibility for running the DLHE survey lies with the Careers Service.
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 data is collected
HESA require very high response rates:
In order to achieve these targets the Careers Service contacts graduates continuously over the data collection periods.
Ensuring that data collected is accurate, HESA require (that wherever possible) the information we obtain comes directly from the graduate. For that reason our first data collection activities are centred around strategies which are most likely to result in a response from the graduate themselves.
57% of the 2015/16 survey data was collected electronically (a series of personalised emails and text messages are sent linking directly to an online questionnaire). In addition we use social media (University Facebook and Twitter accounts). Telephone surveying is also conducted with UK and EU graduates and generates a further 31% of responses. We use both mobile and landlines and ring each number a minimum of six times. Once we can demonstrate that all of these avenues have been exhausted, HESA allow us to interrogate our own University Student Record to identify any non-respondents who have registered for further study (3% of responses). Only once all of these processes have been completed are we able to contact academic departments to see if staff can provide information about unknown graduates (6% of responses). The remaining graduates are those who decline to participate in the survey.
The annual survey is undertaken in two separate sections:
Section 1 - commences mid-April when graduates who completed degrees between 1 August and 31 December in the previous year are contacted (approx 3500 individuals). This group consists mainly of higher degree graduates. The data collection period continues until late June. This information is then set aside.
Section 2 - commences mid-November when graduates who completed degrees between 1 Jan and 31 July are contacted (approx 6000 individuals). This group consists mainly of first degree graduates but a significant number of higher degrees are also included. The data collection period continues until early March.
In March the two parts of the survey are merged and submitted to HESA. The 2015/16 DLHE data submitted in March 2017 will therefore cover UGs who completed courses in June 2016 and also PGs who completed their studies as far back as August 2015.
During March and April HESA subject the data to a number of validation processes to confirm the accuracy and consistency of the submission.
Once the data has passed validation it is signed off by the Vice-Chancellor and can then be made available to the University.
2016/17 will be the last data set collected by UoS before DLHE becomes centralised nationally (see NewDLHE).
What is it?
Between July 2015 and June 2017, there has been 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 (HE) students do after graduation. This model will capture rich, robust and comprehensive data using a more efficient and future-proof methodology.
Why is this happening?
HESA launched the review in summer 2015 with the 4 key aims:
Further details of the new survey structure can be found on the HESA website.
What does it mean for us?
Increased time lag