Information for students/graduates

The Graduate Outcomes survey is a national survey capturing information about the activities and perspectives of graduates 15 months after they finish their studies. All graduates who completed a course will be asked to take part in the survey, in order to help current and future students gain an insight into career destinations and development. Your responses will also help your university or college to evaluate and promote their courses.

The survey is also of national significance as it allows policy makers, charities, journalists, researchers and others to understand the higher education sector and the state of the graduate labour market.

What happens to your information

How will I be surveyed?

You will receive an email inviting you to complete the survey online. You may also be contacted by telephone and asked to complete the survey over the phone. If you are not contactable, we may seek the information from a third party, such as a family member.

What if I don't want to be surveyed?

It is not compulsory to complete the survey. When you are contacted to complete the survey you will be able to opt out and you will not be contacted again.

You have the right to object to HESA contacting you for the Graduate Outcomes survey. If you don't want to be contacted for the survey please email If you wish to opt-out of any further contact from your provider this must be done through direct contact with your provider.

How will my responses be used?

Your responses will be used by your university/college and by other organisations for research purposes. Before you start the survey, we will provide detailed information about how your data will be processed, who will receive it, and what they will use it for.


Who runs the Graduate Outcomes Survey?

The Graduate Outcomes survey is owned by HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Agency. HESA supports the advancement of the higher education sector by collecting and publishing timely and reliable data about the sector.

The administration of the Graduate Outcomes survey is undertaken by a third-party survey contractor who works in collaboration with HESA and your university/college.

Further Frequently asked questions can be found on this link: 




Student collection notice 

Information about the uses of this data is available in the Student Collection Notice here: 

If you have any questions which are not answered, please contact HESA Liaison by email:, or phone: +44 (0)1242 211144. 

Data Protection 

This links to information for individuals and organisations about HESA's compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and other data protection legislation: 

Find further information on Data Privacy here: