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.
Your participation will help 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 our University
- help current students when considering their future career options
- improve services for students and alumni
- contribute to the University’s positioning in university league tables
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?
You will be invited to complete the Graduate Outcomes survey approximately 15 months after completing a higher education course in the UK.
If you completed your course between August 2018 to the end of October 2018, you will only be able to take part during three months starting in December 2019 up to the end of February 2020.
You will receive an email with your unique link to submit your feedback. It should only take 10 minutes to complete but you don’t have to complete it in one go. You will be able to pick up where you left off and complete it via your mobile, tablet or laptop. Please look out for the Graduate Outcomes email from HESA: [email protected] Unfortunately, you will not be able to reply to this email. To contact the Graduate Outcomes team, please see the contact details below.
If you have a preferred contact email or can't find your unique survey link in your inbox, please let us know by sending us your Alumni ID or University ID (both are the same) and your preferred email address to the University's Graduate Outcomes team at [email protected].
The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) manage the survey, they will provide detailed information about how your data will be processed, who will receive it and what they will be using it for. HESA are responsible for the collection and dissemination of all Graduate Outcomes feedback across the UK, the anonymous results will directly impact the future of education for prospective students.
Westminster Graduates – let us help you
You can keep accessing our Careers services, support and resources for a further three years, these include career guidance, advice on applications, interview coaching, access to our online job vacancy listing (for 18 months after graduation) and employer presentations and workshops. We strive to help students from different backgrounds fulfil their potential.
Tell us about your activities when you receive your Graduate Outcomes email, and which one is the most important to you:
- Running your own business
- Developing your portfolio
- Working or looking for work
- Further study
- Taking time out for long term travel
Our Creative Enterprise Centre also supports recent graduates (within 2 years) in taking the next steps in gaining freelance or self-employment. You can access a range of opportunities:
- Workshops, talks and networking events about enterprise and entrepreneurship
- A regular newsletter of new paid freelance opportunities
- Bookable business advice and support
- Bookable co-working space
- Entry to a range of free competitive programmes including (selling via our Pop-up shop, co-working and start-up funding via our ON-TRAK fellowship and access to our incubator/accelerator programme and our Freelance Summer school)
The first step to all of these opportunities is to register for the CEC’s Student Enterprise Journey via the engage platform.
Get in touch with Westminster alumni through WestminsterConnect.org. This online community is an exclusive hub for graduates of the University of Westminster, allowing you to connect and engage with your fellow alumni all over the world. Westminster Connect will enable you to reconnect with your classmates, expand your employment prospects and advance your access to resources and benefits exclusive to Westminster graduates.
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. Register for the CEC’s Student Enterprise Journey via the engage platform.
Login to your Student Record and update your contact details. We recommend that you add an alternative contact email so that we can keep in touch once you have completed your studies.
How can I take part?
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. Every three months a new group is contacted.
Look out for the Graduate Outcomes email in either March, June, September or December, approximately 15 months after your course completion. Follow up text reminders from ‘GradOutcomes’ will also be sent with your unique feedback link.
You may also be contacted by telephone and asked to complete the survey over the phone. If you are not contactable, IFF Research, HESA's appointed call centre may seek alternative contact details from a third party, such as the University, or through a home telephone number. Please note, they will introduce themselves as calling on behalf of the University.
Help us to understand your challenges and tell us if you are using the skills learned in your course. You don’t have to share your experience or tell us what you’re doing, but we hope we’ve shared enough of the benefits to encourage completion. If you decide not to, graduates can opt-out by emailing [email protected] with this instruction or let the survey organisation (IFF Research) know when you are called by them 15 months after completing your course.
Who runs the survey?
The survey is delivered by Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited (HESA) to help universities and colleges (HE providers) fulfil their legal requirement to report on the outcomes of higher education to the higher education funding and regulatory bodies. The funding and regulatory bodies commission the Graduate Outcomes survey and require HESA and Higher Education providers to work together to deliver the survey.
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 HESA who have appointed IFF Research to capture survey responses by phone. If you receive a phone call regarding the survey, they will introduce themselves as calling on behalf of the University.
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.
The survey will ask you to identify your most important activity, which is not limited to paid work. Alternatives include: developing your portfolio, freelancing, volunteering, looking for work or taking time out for long term travel.
In addition to your career 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.
Analysis is anonymous, and reporting will never identify you as an individual. The University will never contact your employer as a consequence of you taking part in the Graduate Outcomes survey. In addition, you will not be linked to your employer’s name at the individual level in any analysis or presentation of Graduate Outcomes data. Find out how HESA protects your data.
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 (2018-19 graduates)|
|Cohort A||Between 1 August 2018 and 31 October 2018||Between 1 December 2019 and 28 February 2020||3 to 9 December 2019|
|Cohort B||Between 1 November 2018 and 31 January 2019
|Between 1 March 2020 and 31 May 2020||4 to 10 March 2020|
|Cohort C||Between 1 February 2019 and 30 April 2019||Between 1 June 2020 and 31 August 2020||3 to 9 June 2020|
|Cohort D||Between 1 May 2019 and 31 July 2019||Between 1 September 2020 and 30 November 2020||2 to 8 September 2020|
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:
Cheltenham, GL50 1HZ
T: +44 (0) 1242 211 135
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
Bhavesh Halai, Survey Officer
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.
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Read our Student Data Privacy Statement.