This section contains detailed information on Graduates only. This includes demographical information on graduates (e.g., gender, age group, field of study, geographical information), detailed information on graduate outcomes, such as employment, further study, or unemployment. Moreover, analyses on graduate earnings are also provided. Explore these areas in the sections below.
For information on Students, view Students.
For a quick overview of the wealth of data available on the HEA website, go to the HEA Statistics: At a Glance dashboard.
1. Key Facts & Figures
The annual Key Facts & Figures dashboard provides a thorough profile of the graduate population in higher education institutions. The latest dashboard includes figures from 2015/16 to 2021/22.
Note that the last four dashboards relate specifically to Graduates, while the remaining eight dashboards relate specifically to Students.
2. Graduate Outcomes
Tracking graduate outcomes is crucial to improving the quality of education for students, and outcomes for graduates. In assessing relevance of studies, gender pay gaps and employment outcomes (amongst many other factors), policymakers can bring the voice of graduates to the forefront of evidence-based decisions.
Currently, there are two main approaches to tracking graduate outcomes – through the HEA’s annual national Graduate Outcomes Survey, and also through longitudinal administrative data housed in the Central Statistics Office.
3. Graduate Earnings
Explore graduate earnings in detail. This section includes a longitudinal analysis of graduate earnings, but also an exploration of the factors influencing graduate earnings.
4. Research Info-Byte Series
The Research Info-Byte Series focuses on specific policy-relevant areas, such as female participation in STEM. These are a series of Info-Bytes, leveraging the data available through the Student Record System, and other sources, and providing new, evidence-based insight.