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Graduate Outcomes Results Guide 2017/18: About

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University of Sussex Graduate Outcomes Guide

Each year the Higher Education Statistics Agency, HESA, surveys leavers from the University of Sussex who have completed undergraduate and postgraduate courses. This survey is undertaken in 4 cohorts each of which are approximately 15-18 months following the official end date of a course of study. HESA contact all leavers from the UK as well as other European and international nations.

About This Report

This report focuses primarily on UK full-time undergraduate leavers and shows their main destinations. It highlights key outcomes, including employment, sectors, earnings and locations of employment.  Where appropriate, data is broken down by academic department. Additionally it breaks down outcomes for specific demographic groups, including gender and ethnicity. The report cannot show trends using historical data from the previous DLHE survey but over time as further Graduate Outcomes surveys are released time series will be added to provide greater context of the information. 

The major differences between Graduate Outcomes and DLHE are as follows:

  • The survey is undertaken 15 months after graduation where DLHE was at 6 months
  • The survey is conducted, and the data coded, centrally rather than by Sussex
  • The survey reports on leavers’ Graduate Outcomes Activity, a new metric that takes into account all activity the graduate is undertaking, rather than their main activity only as in DLHE
  • The survey’s Graduate-Level Work rates are measured for leavers whose main activity is work, as in DLHE
  • In order to comply with GDPR requirements regarding the potential for individuals to be identified through the analysis, counts of groups less than five have been replaced by “< 5” 
  • Performance Indicators as well as comparative national data will be added to the analysis once it becomes available.

To make this report more accessible to users, key facts and figures are provided in the main body of the report whilst larger datasets are also included giving the reader the data to look at in more detail if  they so wish.

The Careers and Employability Centre can also produce bespoke analysis or datasets on request. 

It is important to note that Graduate Outcomes data will be published in many different formats and come from a range of sources this may result in different figures being quoted for similar indicators. This guide attempts to present results in a format that matches HESA publication methodology where possible.


Graduate Labour Market 2020

  • The bulk of the damage to the jobs market is to non-graduates and the young.
  • Many SMEs are running short of cash and have no prospect of recruitment right now.
  • Finalists are increasingly looking at postgraduate options, but many say that they want that experience to be face to face and don't currently see a virtual experience as being so attractive.
  • The outlook for international student recruitment is not favourable but some ideas are being discussed. Many of our key international competitors are not in the best situation either.
  • There are increasing concerns about the early years sector whose entire financial model is under considerable strain, and this has implications both for new graduates from FE and HE and for parents returning to work.
  • Many employers are yet to make firm decisions about recruitment for the rest of 2020. Some businesses have quietly shelved recruitment plans, but others are - equally quietly - making plans to recruit if the opportunity and business conditions allow.
  • Decisions made about recruitment and business strength this year will also affect next year's recruitment round.
  • There are increasing concerns about student deferral, not merely because of the reduced financing for 2020 that will follow, but also because of the likely much larger 2021 entry cohort (undergraduate and postgraduate, home and international) that would be a consequence of widespread deferral. Some institutions are concerned about their capacity to cope with that cohort.


David Gillman

Technical Systems and Management Information Manager
Careers and Employability Centre
The Library
University of Sussex

T: 01273 87 7640


Alex Hellowell

Destinations Survey and Finance Assistant
Careers and Employability Centre
The Library
University of Sussex

T: 01273 87 3069