Why is it undertaken?
All universities are legally required to provide statistical information on
the destinations of leavers six months after graduation to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
The information gathered in the survey provides helpful labour market information to assist the University to plan its future provision and provide support to current students who
may be graduating soon.
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
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 and
Employability Service, however we
still need you to fully complete the
survey. It can usually be completed in about five minutes.
When is the survey completed?
We are required to conduct the survey at two points
in the year, once in April and once in January. You will be contacted during
one of these slots, not both.
If you are in the January cycle you will receive an email invitation to participate in the survey from 10 November 2016. We will continue to attempt to
contact you either by email and/or telephone through to 7 March 2017 when the January survey closes.
All of the data is collated, coded and returned to the Higher Education
Statistics Agency (HESA) at the end of March.
How will I be contacted and by whom?
The invitation to complete the survey will come via an email
from IFF Research on behalf of Plymouth University. IFF Research is
working in partnership with the University to collect the DLHE survey
information on our behalf. The email will be sent to the University and the personal email address that the University holds for you. If we do not hold your personal email address, we
will send it to your University email address.
Our initial email will provide you with a link to click straight through to the
online questionnaire in order to complete the survey. It will only take a few
minutes to complete.
If we do not hear from you after our initial email, IFF Research will try to contact you
on our behalf by phone to give you a chance to answer the survey on the phone
instead, so please let us know if you change your email address or phone
If you need assistance in completing the questionnaire, wish to opt out of the
survey or need to access it in a different format, please contact us at: PlymouthDLHE@IFFResearch.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +44
1752 587456. The survey will only take a few
minutes to complete.