Graduate Outcomes Survey – HEI Guidance


This page provides guidance to the HEIs on how the survey should be carried. This includes codebooks, the survey questionnaire and files required for uploading the data.

  • What stage of the process are we in now?

    Last updated: 25 January, 2024

    The Graduate Outcomes Survey – Class of 2022 is available here.

    Guidance for the 2024 survey is set out below.

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Guides, documentation and resources are available under various headings below. The most recent student data collection notice can be found here: 2023-2024 HEA Data Collection Notice. For previous reports, see Graduate Outcomes: Data & Reports.

  • 1. Social Media Resources

    A social media toolkit has been developed for the Graduate Outcomes Survey. This includes banners, logos, PPT templates and an email signature. These are available in varying colours and sizes. HEIs are welcome to add their own logos onto these social media resources.

    Find out more here

  • 2. Survey Guidance

    The below outlines some background information on the Graduate Outcomes survey, detailing guidance for the HEIs.

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  • 3. Cohort to be surveyed

    Details on the cohort to be surveyed are provided in the below document. This details definitions for “Continuing Graduates”, and the criteria for inclusion / exclusion of graduates in the survey.

    Download here

  • 4. Survey Questionnaire

    The current survey questionnaire available is for the Graduate Outcomes – Class of 2023.

    Download here

  • 5. Data Items

    A list of data items is also available.

    Download here

  • 6. Survey Codebook

    The codebook details all field names within the Graduate Outcomes survey, detailing codes assigned and code descriptions. An accompanying document is available here: Data Items (2024).

    Download here

  • 7. Graduate Outcomes Survey Audit Process

    This document provides guidance on how the audit process for data submission will take place.  This content is liable to change each year and will take account of feedback from the exercise.

    Download here

  • 8. Change Log

    This document lists the changes to the 2024 guidance, cohort to be surveyed, graduate survey, code book, and data items with comparison to the 2023 graduate survey.

    Download here

  • 9. Upload Instructions

    The Upload Instructions provide detailed guidance for uploading data to the HEA. The XSD file required is available here: XSD File. For any support required, contact

    Download here

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