Graduate destinations survey

The Graduate Outcomes Record survey is important because your opinions will help current and future students gain an insight into career destinations and development and the University to shape our programmes for students who are following in your footsteps. The survey contacts graduates:

  • 15 months after graduation
  • by email or phone
  • to learn about your activities and views

Please keep your details up to date and respond if HESA contacts you to complete the survey.

What is the Graduate Outcomes Survey?

Graduate Outcomes is a survey of recent graduates, from all universities and higher education colleges in the UK. The survey is aimed at finding out what you have gone on to do approximately 15 months after graduating.

The survey begins in December 2018.

Why is it undertaken?

All universities are legally required to provide statistical information on the destinations of leavers fifteen months after graduation to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

The information gathered in the survey fulfils this requirement and provides helpful labour market information to assist the University in planning its future provision and helps current students who are making course and career choices.

Will everyone be contacted?

The survey covers full-time, part-time, UK, EU and international graduates from undergraduate and postgraduate courses and the same questionnaire is used for everyone. HESA will tell us who to include in the survey.

We may know what you are doing because you have returned to the University for further study, you may work for us, or you may have kept in contact with your tutor, lecturer, or the Careers & Employability Service, however we still need you to fully complete the survey. It can usually be completed in about five minutes.

How will I be surveyed?

You will receive an email from HESA on behalf of the University of Plymouth inviting you to complete the survey online. Graduates will receive an email from

Visit the HESA website to find out more 

What will I be asked?

The survey consists of a series of questions about the employment and/or further study that graduates are engaged in. The questions are very general and should apply to your situation and to your course, but if you have any problem with any of the questions or are unsure about which option to tick, please get in touch with us and we can help you.

Email or call us on +44 1752 588020. The survey will only take a few minutes to complete.

What if I don’t want to be surveyed?

Whilst we would like to know what you have been doing since you graduated you do not have to complete the survey. When you are contacted by HESA, you will be able to opt out and you will not be contacted again.

However you can only opt-out of the Graduate Outcomes survey through HESA.

The University of Plymouth is legally required to provide statistical information to HESA on the destinations of leavers fifteen months after graduation.

The University takes your wishes seriously and we will only contact you about the alumni community, benefits and services for graduates and if you have opted in to communications. You can read our Data Policy here and contact us at if you wish to opt out of any communications from the Alumni team.

What happens to the information? 

Any information you choose to give during the survey will be held securely and confidentially in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.

Data is used to inform the development of University courses and services and will not be disclosed to external organisations either by the University or HESA.

The University’s data protection statement can be accessed from the personal information and data protection page on our website.

The Graduate Outcomes survey information is used by HESA for statutory functions and publications. HESA also supply a summary of the data to third parties such as government bodies, academic researchers and journalists. 

All data published by HESA and supplied by them to third parties is kept anonymous so that individuals cannot be identified.

Visit the HESA website to find out more

How does completing the survey help the University, prospective and current students?

The data is useful to the University, to:

  • advise its teaching and learning strategies
  • inform its employability strategies
  • support its alumni activities and communications.

The data is used by websites such as Unistats to present Key Information Set (KIS) tables, and by various publications such as the Guardian University Guide and the Times Good University Guide, which can be used by prospective and current students to:

  • make choices around which course to study
  • consider potential career paths.

What can I do before I finish my course? 

Before you finish your course it would be really helpful if you could make sure that the University has your up to date contact information (personal email address and phone number) so that you get the chance to take part in the survey.

Please complete our online form to update your details.

Benefits and services for graduates

Did you know that, as one of our alumni you have access to a host of benefits and services

  • careers support for up to three years after graduation
  • Plymouth Connect, the online community for alumni
  • your personal Higher Education Achievement Report 
  • library access
  • events and reunions around the world
  • your bi-monthly alumni e-newsletter, Evolve
  • business support
  • discounts on postgraduate study.

We are adding new benefits and services all the time, so stay in touch to make the most of our support!

Your next steps

Do you think we prepared you well enough for your career?

We can still provide help with careers and setting up your own business up to three years after you graduate.

Learn more about the support we offer