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Graduate Outcomes information for staff

Find out about the graduate destinations data the Careers Service holds and how to access it.


The Careers Service analyses and disseminates the information from the HESA Graduate Outcomes survey and the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE).

Graduate Outcomes Survey (leavers from 2017/18 onwards)

The most recent data is for 2018/19 leavers and was collected using the HESA Graduate Outcomes survey.

A Graduate Outcomes Wiki Space for University of Bath specific reports, and analysis at faculty and programme level is available. Go to the Graduate Outcomes Wiki (restricted access).

Reports and files will be loaded as available. The most recently available data is for 2017/18 Bath leavers. Data for 2018/19 graduates is currently being cleaned & analysed. The first overview reports and Vital Statistics, showing graduate marker by department for full-time UK domicile first degree, using 2018/19 graduate data are due to be posted by November 2021. The graduate marker methodology replicates Times / Sunday Times methodology (1st published 20 Sept. 2020). Graduate Outcomes Wiki users will be sent an email when updates are posted.

The Guardian University Guide 2022 was the first league table due to be based on the Graduate Outcomes survey for 2018/19 leavers; 15 months after leaving (published 11 Sept. 2021). However, the Guardian decided to base the ‘Career after 15 months’ metric on the previous cohort of 2017/18 graduates. The reasons quoted are: delayed results from HESA and the impact of pandemic.

Graduate Outcomes and DLHE

The Graduate Outcomes survey replaced the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. The survey is conducted differently from previous surveys, producing different information and metrics. All graduates are asked to take part in the survey 15 months after they finish their studies, compared to the previous DLHE survey where the census date was roughly 6 months after leaving. These new experimental statistics are not comparable with the results of the DLHE survey.

Please see this blog post for more details: Don't mistake Graduate Outcomes for DLHE

The survey is owned by HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Agency who have created a website with more information Go to the Graduate Outcomes website.

The links below include high level findings and characteristics at a national level for leavers from 2018/19.

The first publication released from HESA was Graduate Outcomes Experimental Statistical Bulletin (20 July 2021). View the Experimental Statistical Bulletin.

The open sector-level data is available via the HESA website. This link also provides FAQs and a guide to using and interpreting the data. It should be noted that this data has been released as experimental statistics and a number of data quality issues have been identified.

How you can help

Final year students

You can help by communicating these messages to final year students:

  • please participate when you are invited to respond to the Graduate Outcomes survey 15 months after leaving Bath
  • the responses will be crucial in allowing current and future students to make informed choices and in helping the University of Bath evaluate and promote our courses.
  • update SAMIS prior to leaving with contact details (email / telephone)
  • if you have new contact details (email or telephone) following graduation please email

After graduation

Mention to graduates who get in touch e.g. providing references, to expect the Graduate Outcomes survey 15 months after leaving and promote the importance of responding (see above), and request that they email with any new contact details (email or telephone).

Graduate Outcomes subject summaries (2017/18 leavers)

Summaries for Bath full-time UK domiciled first degree graduates by subject of study groups, showing example Industries and Occupations, including example job titles and employer names, are available on our website. The Graduate Outcomes survey captures information 15 months after leaving. The short summaries are suitable for careers guidance and admissions use; for example, Open Day handouts. These summaries are publicly accessible.

Go to subject summaries

Previous cohorts: DLHE subject summaries (leavers up to 2016/17)

Summaries for Bath full-time UK and Other EU domiciled first degree graduates in each subject of study, showing examples of job titles, employer names and further study details, are available on our website. The DLHE survey captured information 6 months after leaving. These may be used as supplementary to the latest Graduate Outcome subject summaries, suitable for careers guidance and admissions use; for example, Open Day handouts. These summaries are publicly accessible.

Doctoral graduates

Similar summaries for Bath full-time UK and Other EU domiciled leavers from selected Doctoral programmes, often combining multiple cohorts of leavers up to 2016/17, are also available. Currently there is insufficient information from the Graduate Outcomes survey (2017/18 cohort only) to provide updated Doctoral programme summaries.

DLHE wiki – restricted access (leavers up to 2016/17)

University of Bath Destinations of Leavers confidential information is available on the DLHE wiki.

For each department standard reports and listings for the following are available:

  • Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education HESA survey for all programmes (updated July 2018)
  • First Degree and PGT Vital Statistics for DoS [Annual Statistical Data for Programme Monitoring & Review] i.e. graduate / non-graduate destinations including gender breakdown (updated Autumn 2018)
  • Annual Graduate Destinations Report (updated Autumn 2018)
  • Destinations of December 2017 and December 2018 full-time postgraduate degree and doctorate leavers: Interim Survey - six months after Bath (new February 2020)

Access to the wiki has been restricted to Heads of Department, Directors of Studies and some additional contacts provided by each Faculty / School.

Further information

Please contact Jayne Hacker (Destinations Survey Manager) if you have any queries about DLHE or the Graduate Outcomes Survey.


If you have any questions, please contact us.