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The Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers From Higher Education 2014: References and Appendices

References

Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) Disabilities Task Group (2013). What happens next? A report on the first destinations of disabled graduates. Available

Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) Graduate Recruitment Survey, Winter Review 2013 (January 2013). Available

Elias, P. & Purcell, K. (2004). SOC(HE): A classification of occupations for studying the graduate labour market, Research Paper No. 6. Available

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) , Destinations of leavers from higher education institutions 2012/2013. Available

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) (2013) Destinations of leavers from higher education institutions: Longitudinal survey of the 2008/2009 cohort. Available

High Fliers, Graduate Market in 2014 (January 2015). Available

University of Sussex, Careers and Employability Centre, annual data for previous years' Destinations information is available at What Our Graduates Do

Definitions of Graduate Occupations

 

Professional

/Managerial

Managers, directors   and senior officials (1xxxx)

Professional   Occupations (2xxxx)

Associate Professional   and Technical Occupations (3xxxx)

Non-Professional/

Managerial

Administrative and   Secretarial Occupations (4xxxx)

Skilled Trades   Occupations (5xxxx)

Caring, Leisure and   Other Service Occupations (6xxxx)

Sales and Customer   Service Occupations (7xxxx)

Process, Plant and   Machine Operatives (8xxxx)

Elementary Occupations   (9xxxx)

Appendix 1

How the Careers & Employability Centre collects the data on student destinations.

The survey is called Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education - DLHE. The information forms part of a cycle of data on students and graduates collected by Sussex University for HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency).

Students are surveyed six months after they have left the university and asked what they are doing on a particular date. Main destination categories include working, studying, working and studying, and unemployed/looking for work. Additional information is collected about the nature of the work and study, and the reasons for choosing that destination. Students are sent a postal survey, directed to a web page and also followed up by telephone.

All university careers services conduct the same survey and follow the same methodology. This involves using a standard questionnaire and text for covering letters (provided by HESA) and carrying out the research within a defined time frame.

The information students provide is used in a variety of ways, all of which are anonymous and do not identify students in any way. Firstly, the information is used statistically at a national level to compare universities, for example by using an employment performance indicator (www.hesa.ac.uk/pi/home.htm). These statistics are also used to inform prospective students about job prospects when comparing and choosing universities, for example via league tables and at www.unistats.com

Secondly, the information is used to inform current and prospective students more generally about what they can do with their degree. This can be at a national level, (for example through the annual publication “What do graduates do?”) and at a university level (for example, information is available on the Careers & Employability Centre website at Sussex University and is used by careers advisors).

Further explanation of the use of the data is available at the HESA website – www.hesa.ac.uk.

If there are queries about the collection of the first destinations data they can be directed, in the first instance, to David Gillman (d.w.gillman@sussex.ac.uk)in the Careers and Employability Centre, The Library.

Appendix 2 HEFCE Employability Performance Indicator 2014 comparison data

  Total population Employment indicator (including further study)
  Eligible
population
Number of
respondents
Response
rate
(%)
Base
population
Number
employed
or studying
Indicator
(%)
Bench-
mark
(%)
The University of Lancaster 1935 1510 78.1 1380 1335 97.0 93.8
The University of Surrey 1725 1355 78.4 1300 1260 96.9 94.1
The University of Sussex 2195 1700 77.3 1620 1545 95.6 93.4
Cardiff University 3695 3190 86.3 3035 2895 95.5 94.9
The University of Exeter 3095 2485 80.3 2305 2195 95.3 94.1
The University of Birmingham 4290 3520 82.1 3305 3145 95.1 94.3
King's College London 2370 2045 86.1 1930 1830 94.8 95.3
The University of Liverpool 3265 2850 87.3 2605 2470 94.8 94.9
University of the West of England, Bristol 4840 4130 85.4 3735 3535 94.6 93.7
The University of Leeds 5200 4395 84.5 3840 3625 94.5 94.4
The University of East Anglia 2530 2160 85.4 2005 1895 94.5 94.1
The University of Kent 3425 2865 83.5 2600 2450 94.3 92.8
Loughborough University 2565 2110 82.2 1995 1880 94.2 93.4
University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne 3515 2915 82.9 2595 2445 94.1 94.8
University College London 2195 1850 84.2 1765 1660 94.1 94.1
The University of Bath 1850 1595 86.2 1480 1390 93.9 93.7
The University of Manchester 5335 4355 81.6 4015 3765 93.9 94.4
The University of Southampton 3355 2835 84.6 2655 2490 93.9 94.2
The University of Reading 2205 1655 75.1 1520 1425 93.8 93.6
University of Nottingham 5005 4155 83.0 3800 3560 93.7 94.4
The University of Sheffield 3840 3230 84.2 3030 2840 93.7 94.4
The University of York 2635 2175 82.5 2055 1925 93.6 93.9
The University of Edinburgh 2565 2220 86.6 2020 1890 93.5 94.9
The University of Bristol 2880 2390 82.9 2190 2045 93.4 94.8
Bournemouth University 2720 2235 82.2 2010 1875 93.3 93.1
The University of Leicester 1985 1695 85.5 1640 1525 93.2 93.3
The University of Essex 1915 1590 83.1 1475 1370 92.7 92.4
Oxford Brookes University 2375 1925 81.1 1670 1545 92.7 93.8
The University of Portsmouth 3860 3250 84.2 2970 2740 92.3 92.6
The University of Brighton 3180 2550 80.2 2335 2150 92.0 93.5
Goldsmiths College 960 770 80.3 710 655 92.0 91.9
Queen Mary University of London 2345 1940 82.8 1845 1695 91.9 92.7
The University of Warwick 2600 2310 88.9 2190 2015 91.9 93.3
Brunel University London 2155 1800 83.5 1740 1595 91.7 91.2
The City University 1380 1115 80.7 1035 950 91.7 91.7
Kingston University 3600 2960 82.2 2745 2505 91.3 90.8
Royal Holloway and Bedford New College 1495 1270 84.9 1185 1075 90.8 92.4