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Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey - Information for staff

What is the DLHE?

The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) is a national survey of all UK university leavers. It show us what students are doing 6 months after they graduate, whether that's employment or further study.

Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the kind of information that is obtained from the DLHE and how the responses are used.

Why does it matter?

It matters because it is:

  • a legal requirement but we also WANT to do it.
  • used in Key Information Set (KIS) data which prospective students use in their decision making
  • an increasingly important Government metric - TEF
  • a significant marketing and recruitment factor

The introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) has put a greater focus on student outcomes. As shown below, 2 of the 6 metrics in the TEF will use data collected through the DLHE survey.




Teaching Quality

Teaching on my course

NSS Q1-4

Teaching Quality

Assessment and feedback

NSS Q5-9

Learning Environment

Academic Support

NSS Q10-12

Learning Environment


HESA and ILR data

Student Outcomes and Learning Gain

Employment or further study

DLHE declared activity 6 months after graduation

Student Outcomes and Learning Gain

Highly skilled employment or further study

DLHE declared activity 6 months after graduation

What do I need to do?

  • You can help raise awareness of the survey and its purpose with final year students before they complete their course in order to help improve response rates.
  • Encourage students to update contact details on their student record as they finish their courses. Students should be encouraged to update their home contact details (postal address, telephone numbers land and mobile, personal email addresses).
  • Encourage first degree graduates who are continuing their studies as postgraduate students in your department to complete the questionnaire.
  • Be aware of the routes your students usually take post-graduation in order to support students in their career decision making. Information is available from the DLHE Qlikview model.
  • Work with the Employability Service to provide careers and employability support tailored to the needs of your students that will help them gain employment and be successful in the management of their career.

Who takes part?

We ask anyone who has recently completed a course at Anglia Ruskin University to take part in the survey. The DLHE survey covers all full time and part time courses and qualifications from HNC level.
We have to ask students all the same questions, even if theyre studying for a postgraduate degree or are working at Anglia Ruskin. By completing the survey theyll be helping future students to make choices about which university to attend and which course to study.
At the end of the survey, every higher education institution in the UK sends encrypted information from the forms to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). You can find out more about how HESA use the data on their website.

How is the data collected?

Students receive an email from us with a unique link to complete their survey. If we haven't heard from the student by early January we contact them by phone.

HESA require very high response rates:

  • 80% for full-time UK graduates
  • 80% for Research Council-funded graduates
  • 70% for part-time UK graduates
  • 50% for EU graduates
  • 20% for non-EU international graduates

To try and reach these targets we must encourage students to complete the survey, and make sure we have their up to date contact details.

When is the data collected?

The annual survey is undertaken in two separate sections:

Section 1 commences mid-April when graduates who completed degrees between 1 August and 31 December in the previous year are contacted. The data collection period continues until late June. This information is then set aside.

Section 2 commences mid-November when graduates who completed degrees between 1 January and 31 July are contacted. The data collection period continues until early March.

In March the two parts of the survey are merged and submitted to HESA.
During March and April HESA subject the data to a number of validation processes to confirm the accuracy and consistency of the submission.
Once the data has passed validation it is signed off by the Vice Chancellor and can then be made available to the University.

Where can I find out more?

Please read our FAQs, or if you have any further questions about the DLHE please contact Amanda Crouch, Employability and Careers Team Manager in Student Services on extension 4273 or at