What is the Graduate Outcomes survey?
The Graduate Outcomes survey (GOS) is a national survey of everyone who has recently finished their higher educations studies at any university or HE college in the UK. The survey captures information about the activities and perspectives of our graduates 15 months after they finish their studies at UCA.
GOS is governed, managed and reported on by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). HESA supports the advancement of the higher education sector by collecting and publishing timely and reliable data about the sector.
GOS is designed to help current and future students gain an insight into career destinations and development. Your responses will also help UCA to evaluate and promote our courses.
During the survey you will be asked a number of questions about the activities (work, further study, training, portfolio development, travelling, etc) you will be undertaking on a selected census week and how you feel your studies prepared you for those activities.
The administration of the Graduate Outcomes survey is undertaken by a third-party survey contractor who works in collaboration with HESA and UCA.
Why should I take part in GOS?
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 are in work 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 once you have left 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 UCA to learn more about the destination outcomes of our students to help inform future planning and development activities.
How can I take part in the survey and when is it open?
UCA will pass on your contact information to HESA. All you need to do is make sure we have accurate contact information for you – especially a valid email.
It is important that once you leave UCA, you keep your personal contact details up to date. One of the ways you can do this is to join our new LinkedIn Alumni Network and be part of our growing global creative community.
Approximately 15 months after finishing your studies, you will be sent an e-mail asking you to complete an online survey. The survey link sent will be unique to you and will ensure that the information you provide is captured and saved securely.
In addition, you may also receive a telephone call to complete the survey over the phone.
If you are not contactable, information may be sought from a third party, for example from a family member.
What happens to the information I provide as part of GOS?
Before you start the survey, HESA will provide detailed information about how your data will be processed, who will receive it, and what they will use it for.
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.
The basis of UCA's processing of your personal information with HESA is undertaken to comply with our legal obligation.
If you have any other questions about HESA and data protection, please see contact HESA's Data Protection Officer:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tel: 01242 211135
- Address: HESA, 95 Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1HZ
Where can I find further information?
You can find more information about the Graduate Outcomes survey and what it means for you on the HESA website.