Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey

Information for UCA higher education leavers on the DLHE Survey 2016/17

This page provides our HE leavers with further information in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Destinations of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2016/17.

  • What is the DLHE survey?

    The survey we are asking you to take part in is a national survey of everyone who has recently qualified from any university or HE college in the UK. The survey collects information from you on your work and/or study six months after graduating.

    The DLHE Survey is governed, managed and reported on by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). This is an external body which collects and publishes detailed information about the UK higher education sector.

    The University for the Creative Arts works with a partner organisation, IFF Research, which undertakes the survey on our behalf.

    During the survey you will be asked a number of questions about the activities (work, further study, training, portfolio development) you will be undertaking on the survey census date of Wednesday 10th January 2018. From these activities you will be asked to indicate which one of them is most important to you.

  • Why should I take part in DLHE?

    Information from this survey is used to provide the data to try to answer questions in higher education, particularly those that involve graduate careers. There are some questions that the Government or other bodies want answers to every year – such as how many new university graduates got jobs last year and this data informs many top level statistics about graduate employability including the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

    The information you provide as part of the survey provides very useful data on the wide range of options you might have when leaving university.  These options could be within the world of employment, further study or training and your response would also help determine whether these options have been influenced by your studies. 

    Your question responses will be collated with responses from graduates across the country to give sector-wide insight into what graduates are doing after graduation.

    The results of the survey will be added to the Unistats site and will form part of the information used by potential students to help them make choices about where to study. 

    Taking part in the survey also provides a service to future students and helps a university to learn more about the destination outcomes of its students to help inform future planning and development activities.



  • How can I take part in the survey and when is it open?

    You can take part in one of two ways:

    By telephone: You can answer all the survey questions by talking to a trained telephone caller from our partner IFF Research's dedicated calling centre. The callers will contact you using your mobile or landline telephone number, as provided by you whilst you were still a student with us. The call centre's authorised telephone number may appear as 0207 098 3949 when making contact with you.

    The survey opens on Wednesday 8th November 2017 and will remain open until Monday 5th March 2018. IFF Research's call centre will be closed for Christmas from Friday 22nd December until Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

    Online: If you provided a valid email address to the university before you completed your course, then you will receive an e-mail from IFF Research containing a personalised link to the online survey. The e-mail will be sent but will appear as ‘IFF on behalf of University for the Creative Arts’ in your e-mail inbox.

    You will be sent follow-up emails whilst the survey is open, if we don't hear from you.

  • What information will I be required to provide when I am contacted?

    The DLHE survey is split into 5 main distinctive sections:

    Section A: What will you be doing on 10th January 2018?

    This section invites you to indicate all the activities you will be doing on the census date, Wednesday 10 January 2018. You then need to indicate which ONE is important to you.

    Section B: Your employment on 10th January 2018?

    This section asks you to provide information about your employment (including self-employed/freelance, voluntary or other unpaid work, developing a professional portfolio/creative practice or an internship/placement) on 10 January 2018.  

    You will be asked to state the job title of what you consider to be your main job, for example, self-employed artist, freelance film-maker or graphic designer. It’s also very important that you fully describe what you do including your responsibilities and key tasks. This will ensure your occupation is coded correctly. You will also be asked questions about your gross salary and employer details. It is important for both these areas that you know what information you need to provide. This is covered in the section below: Other useful information.

    Section C - Newly qualified teacher status only.

    This section is for leavers with newly qualified teacher status in the UK only, so will not apply.

    Section D - Your further study, training or research.

    Complete this section if you will be undertaking any further study or training or will be registered as a research student on 10th January 2018.

    Section E - Your overall higher education experience.

    These questions refer to how well your recent course prepared you for employment/further study/self-employed freelance work.

  • What other useful information can you provide me with?

    Please see below some further key questions that graduates normally ask us.

    What is gross salary?

    Gross salary is the amount you earn before any deductions and tax. It’s very helpful that you provide this information and the currency that you are paid in.

    Remember your personal responses are kept confidential and the data is analysed in statistical format only.

    Do I need to provide the postcode of my main place of work?

    Whether you are working for a company or self-employed, providing the full postcode of your main place of work is very important to ensure your response is valid. It’s helpful to check before you complete the survey. For UK addresses you can use the Royal Mail website to help you.

    I'm unemployed and need some help with my careers plans. 

    The UCA Careers & Employability team continue to support graduates for up to three years after graduation. If you need further help with your career planning then do contact one of our team of qualified Careers & Employability Advisers who will be pleased to help you. Contact details are provided at the bottom of this web page.

    You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

    I am working, but still seeking my ideal graduate job.

    Please take part in the survey. If you need support on developing effective strategies to secure your ideal job then remember you can still access support from the UCA Careers & Employability team for up to three years after graduating.

  • What happens to the information I provide as part of the DLHE survey?

    The information you provide to our partner IFF Research is covered by the University's Data Protection Policy

    We will send information from this survey to HESA. HESA is the official source of data about UK universities and higher education colleges. This survey information will be linked to other information held about you as a student, including information you gave when you enrolled, and details of the qualification you gained. Together this forms your HESA Record. More information about how the HESA Record is used can be found in the Student Collection Notice.



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