Graduate Outcomes Survey

Graduate Outcomes Survey


This page provides guidance to HEIs on how the survey should be carried out.  The current iteration of the survey relates to graduates of 2018, to be surveyed in 2019.  The guidance on this page includes:






General survey documentation

  • Graduate Outcomes Survey Class of 2017 report
  • The 2019 survey (graduates of 2018)
  • The 2019 survey (graduates of 2018) code book


Overall guidance

  • Guidance for HEIs (2019): This document sets out the survey timeframe, survey administration, occupation and sector coding and items required for a response.
  • Cohort to be surveyed (2019):  This document sets out the graduates who are to receive the survey, based on the data submitted to the HEA’s student records system (SRS).  It also sets out the approach to coding of continuing graduates.
  • Data items (2019):  This document lists the data items for return to the HEA.
  • Change log November 2018 (2019 survey): This document lists the changes to the 2019 graduate survey, code book, data items and guidance, with comparison to the 2018 graduate survey.


Data protection guidance

  • Data protection and student notice 2019



  • Upload instructions 2019
  • XSD file for validation 2019


Online resources

  • Graduate survey flyer
  • Graduate survey banner


More information on the survey can be found here and we can be contacted at graduatesurvey [at] hea [dot] ie