Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education

The University of South Wales, Careers and Employability Service, along with all other universities in the UK, are required to undertake the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE) by the Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA). The survey provides statistical information on the destinations of graduates around six months after leaving university and the majority of information is then published on the Unistats website and is included as part of the Key Information published on all universities course information. It is also used for league tables – anonymised of course. So you can see this survey is important to us!

Yes, it is a requirement, however, the information the University gains from the survey is valuable. It helps both potential and current students to choose their career paths and also helps the University plan and review its courses. And we also think it’s a great opportunity to catch up with you to find out how you are getting on!

You can fill in the questionnaire by clicking on this link

We will contact ALL “leavers” who have completed a higher education course at the university either part time or full time, UK, EEA & overseas around 6 months ago. This includes:

  • Certificate of Higher Education
  • HNC, HND
  • Foundation Degree
  • BA, BSc, BEng, MEng
  • Professional qualifications, such as Energy Management etc
  • Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma, PGCE, MA, MSc, PhD

In some cases, this means that if you continue your study, for example HNC to HND you will receive a questionnaire when you complete HNC and then another questionnaire when you complete your HND and so on… We know you are still a student and not really a “leaver” as such but in the eyes of HESA you have finished one course and started another one. We are required to ask you to complete the same questions. For some, you may find the questions don’t seem to be that appropriate to you, especially if you did your course part time and may be in the same job for a few years. Does seem a little irritating, we know, but we would really appreciate it if you could bear with us and complete the survey – sorry. It’s HESA who identifies who needs to be surveyed.

We will be contacting ALL students (UK, EEA & overseas) by email and/or post from November.

If you need assistance in completing the questionnaire, or need access to it in an alternative format, get in touch with us – either email us on or telephone 01443 482869.

From January we contact those who haven’t yet managed to get round to completing the online questionnaire by telephone in the evenings or during the day. We use contact information that you previously provided the university with and if we can’t get in touch with you we may try to get information about what you were doing from a 3rd party either using the contact information you previously provided or someone at the university.

If we do telephone you then you may see it as a BLOCKED call, please answer! University staff do the telephoning and they tell us they find it really interesting talking to you and finding out what you go on to do and they are all trained in confidentiality. We understand that many people are reluctant to answer calls from such numbers, but this is currently unavoidable. If you do not answer we will leave a message stating we are calling from USW Careers and its about the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey and we will try ringing you again another day. As the information is really important to us and we need to get a certain number of responses for our data to be valid this means we may contact you a number of times if you do not initially reply.

If you have any issue please do not hesitate to get in touch with us – email us on

You can fill in the questionnaire by clicking on this link

By taking part in this survey, you accept that the data on the form will be linked to other data held about you as a student/graduate at the University. All personal details will remain confidential and will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Data from this form will be used in anonymised form to produce statistical reports. Your record will not be used in a way that would affect you individually and precautions are taken to minimise the risk of identification of individuals from these reports. These reports will be used by the University to monitor the progression of its students and evaluate the relevance of courses in relation to the needs of the labour market.

Newly Qualified Teachers: The School of Education at the University of South Wales may use the data to contact schools in which their graduates are employed as Newly Qualified Teachers, in order to obtain feedback on the quality of the course. If you do not want your data used in this way, please email us on stating your name and student number in the email.

Contact and career progression details will be made available to the Alumni Office to help them maintain your relationship with the University and keep you updated on matters of interest. If you would prefer not to be contacted by the Alumni Office please send an email stating your name and student number on

We will send information from this survey to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). The uses that HESA makes of your survey responses are described in detail here.

Of those who obtained qualifications across the UK in 2014/15, 79% responded to the survey. Of these, 72% reported that they were working and a further 6% were working and studying. 13% were undertaking further study only. 5% of leavers were assumed to be unemployed. More results can be found here.

While we would really appreciate you to complete the survey to give us the fullest picture of the destinations of graduates of the University of South Wales, you don’t need to as its not compulsory! Just let us know that you don’t want to participate in the survey and we will stop emailing and phoning you. Please email us stating your name and student number on

The survey may also be audited – ie, checked to make sure it has been carried out correctly. A follow-up survey is also planned for three years time so that we can get more information about the early careers of those with HE qualifications. If you don’t want to be contacted during an audit or to take part in the follow-up survey please let us know.

You can fill in the questionnaire by clicking on this link