Assessment of Higher Education Graduate Outcomes statistics

This page was last updated on 01 December 2023

We are currently assessing the Higher Education Graduate Outcomes statistics, which are published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), part of Jisc, for compliance with the standards set out in the Code of Practice for Statistics. The Graduate Outcomes survey is the biggest annual social survey in the UK and captures the perspectives and current status of graduates, 15 months after they finish their studies.

This assessment has been requested by Jisc and is being conducted in order to determine whether the statistics can become accredited official statistics.

We want your feedback

The Code of Practice is a regulatory framework based on the trustworthiness, quality, and value of statistics. Capturing the views of users, and potential users, forms an important part of our judgement about the statistics, including their strengths and how they could be improved.

If you are a user of these statistics, we would be grateful for any response to the following questions:

  1. Which of the statistics do you use and what do you use these statistics for?
  2. How do you usually access the latest statistics or data, for example, from the HESA website, or from other media? How could access be improved?
  3. Do the statistics meet the level of quality that is required for your needs and how you want to use them? How clear is the information on the quality of the statistics i.e., the strengths and limitations?
  4. Are there any data gaps that you believe could be solved by improving these statistics?
  5. Is the presentation of the statistics (through charts, tables, and commentary) helpful? How could the presentation be improved?
  6. How does Jisc engage with you as a user? Are there any areas where you would welcome improved engagement?

We welcome comments on any other aspect of these statistics which you think might be relevant to our assessment.

We will keep a record of your contact details, emails, and written correspondence with you and notes we record of any meetings with you. These records form an important part of the evidence base to help inform our regulatory judgements. Our Privacy Policy explains how we handle and protect your personal information, your legal rights and who to contact if you have any questions about how your personal information is being used.

It will be useful for us to share your comments with Jisc to enable them to take account of your views. Please could you tell us whether you consent for us to pass on your comments and contact details.

Please send any feedback to our assessors Nicky Pearce, Luke Boyce or Molly Dyer.

Also, if you think there are other user groups we should be talking to about these statistics, please let us know.

We look forward to receiving your comments by 22 December 2023.