Graduate Outcomes

The HEA’s Graduate Outcomes Survey takes place between March and June of each year and is collected in respect of graduates of higher education institutions (HEIs) approximately nine months after their completion of study. The data is obtained through a survey, centrally defined by the HEA in consultation with HEIs, and locally managed by HEIs.

The Graduate Outcomes Survey provides consistent data across institutions in the following areas:

  • Data on graduate qualifications and employment both within Ireland and overseas
  • Relevance of employment to area of study
  • Data on graduate further study
  • Data on graduate unemployment and unavailability for work
  • Graduate perceptions of the quality and relevance of their higher education experience

This information is of use to higher education institutions, government departments and state agencies, researchers, career guidance counsellors and teachers.  The introduction of the new survey followed a number of years of collaboration between the HEA, HEIs and other stakeholders in higher education.  A review of international practice that was carried out as part of the introduction of the new survey is available here.

Read on for details on how to complete the survey, find HEI guidance on the survey, and for latest data and results.  Check out our twitter feed @gradsurveyIRL too for more details.


Information for graduates

Are you a graduate who wishes to fill out the survey? Click here for more details.


Information for higher education institutions

Higher Education Institutions can find information on the survey here.  This page details HEA guidance and upload procedures for the survey.


Data and results

Data and results of the survey can be found here.