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What is Graduate Outcomes?

Graduate Outcomes is a new UK-wide survey capturing information about the activities and perspectives of course leavers 15 months after they finish their Higher Education

By completing the survey, you will enable us to:

  • recognise the achievements of our graduates
  • enhance the reputation of your degree and the University of Westminster
  • help prospective students to understand the value of a degree from the University of Westminster
  • help current students when considering their future career options
  • enable the University to improve services for students and alumni
  • contribute to the University’s positioning in university league tables

Graduate responses to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) – the predecessor survey to Graduate Outcomes – helped us to jump 13 places to 82 in the Complete University Guide 2019 table.

Over the last few years, the University has been working on a dedicated programme of improvement and development. Help us to understand your challenges and the outcome of your graduate destination by completing the survey when you are contacted.

Graduates – what do I need to do?

If you left the University on or after 1 August 2017, you will receive an email about 15 months after you finished your studies to ask you to complete the survey online.

Detailed information will be provided by HESA about how your data will be processed, who will receive it and what they will use it for.

Join Alumni Online to keep your contact details up to date so that you can participate.

If you are looking for a job or would like to develop your employability skills, get in touch with the Careers and Employability Service for useful resources and dedicated support. You can access this service for three years after you graduate.

It is not compulsory to complete the Graduate Outcomes survey but by participating you will help the University, as well as government and regulatory bodies, to perform their statutory, official and public duties. When you are contacted by the survey organisation, you will be able to opt out and you will not be contacted again. You can only opt-out of the Graduate Outcomes survey through the survey organisation.

Current students – what do I need to do?

Get ahead of the competition and start planning for your future with the help of the Careers and Employability Service.

Please also make sure you login to your Student Record and update your contact details.

How to complete the survey?

Please ensure your contact details are up to date so that you can receive the survey email approximately 15 months after completing your studies. The survey can be completed online or over the telephone. The period in which you will be contacted is determined by the end date of your course.

You will be contacted by telephone and asked to complete the survey over the phone. If you are not contactable, the third party contractor (on behalf of HESA) may seek alternative contact details from a third party, such as the University, or through a home telephone number.

Who runs the survey?

The Graduate Outcomes survey is owned and managed 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. This contractor works in collaboration with HESA and all UK universities.

What will I be asked about?

You will be asked questions about your activities since completing your course with us. You will be asked about your employment, further study or entrepreneurial activities and how meaningful and important they are to you.

In addition to your employment and/or further study outcomes, the ‘graduate voice’ measures capture three areas:

  • If you are using the skills gained from your qualification
  • How meaningful or important is your graduate outcome
  • How you are progressing towards your future goals

It is an opportunity for you to make your voice heard and reflect on the impact of your education with us.

When will I be contacted?

All leavers will be contacted approximately 15 months after completing their course, see below for more details:

Cohort End date of course Contact period (c 15 months after the end date of your course) Census week (2017/18 graduates)
Cohort A Between 1 August 2017 and 31 October 2017 Between 1 December 2018 and 28 February 2019 3 to 9 December 2018
Cohort B Between 1 November 2017 and 31 January 2018

 

Between 1 March 2019 and 31 May 2019 4 to 10 March 2019
Cohort C Between 1 February 2018 and 30 April 2018 Between 1 June 2019 and 31 August 2019 3 to 9 June 2019
Cohort D Between 1 May 2018 and 31 July 2018 Between 1 September 2019 and 30 November 2019 2 to 8 September 2019

What happens to your information?

As a public authority, the University of Westminster believes it is in the public interest to facilitate the provision of student information to the public authority with responsibility for funding and regulating higher education in the UK, currently the Office for Students, to be able to commission the Graduate Outcomes Survey.

The contact details of everyone who completed a course with the University will be securely transferred to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). HESA will then, on behalf of the Office for Students, manage the conduct of the Graduate Outcomes survey.

Survey response data will be processed by HESA and its customers for research and statistical purposes and will not be used to make decisions about individuals. HESA will provide detailed information about how your data will be processed, who will receive it, and what they will use it for. The Graduate Outcomes survey is owned by HESA. It supports the advancement of the higher education sector by collecting and publishing timely and reliable data about the sector.

Your HESA record and survey responses will not be used in any way that could be used to make decisions about you and it will not be possible to identify you from any published data.

HESA have published more information for students/graduates.

If you have any other questions about HESA and their data protection, please see the data protection section of the HESA website or contact HESA's Data Protection Officer:

HESA
95 Promenade
Cheltenham, GL50 1HZ
T: +44 (0) 1242 211 135
[email protected] 

Additionally, the University will also produce anonymous statistics for internal use by the University of Westminster’s Strategy, Planning and Performance department in the form of reports at the route, course, faculty and University level. Anonymous data is also used for the purposes of updating internal electronic reports and for the purposes of updating internal Business Information dashboards.

This anonymous information is available to academics, course administrators and Professional Services staff in the University in accordance with the University of Westminster's Data Protection policy. Anonymous data is also sometimes shared externally with professional bodies for the purposes of research in accordance with the University of Westminster's Data Protection policy.

The data will also be used in an anonymised form to inform current and prospective students (and graduates) of the opportunities available on completion of their courses, both on our website in our graduate destinations reports and Key Information Sets on our course pages, as well as on the Unistats website.

If you have any further questions about the Graduate Outcomes survey, please contact the Strategy, Planning & Performance department at the University of Westminster.

Dr Wayne Clark, KPI Enhancement Manager
[email protected]

Bhavesh Halai, Survey Officer
[email protected]

Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

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Read our Student Data Privacy Statement.