Graduate employment is measured using the results of the
Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) surveys (part of the
national process overseen by HESA, the
Higher Education Statistics Agency).
The main survey records what graduates do six months after
graduation. The Employability and Careers Centre gathers the results on behalf
of the University. We code the responses using nationally agreed definitions of
what constitutes a graduate-level job or graduate-level study. Newspapers use
these results to produce employability league tables.
The University of Essex has identified the
Times Good University Guide
league table as the basis for its one of its employability key performance
indicators (we also monitor the total number of all graduates in any work or
study). Specifically, we look at the Graduate Prospect (GP) score, which takes
the destinations of graduates in graduate-level work and adds these to those who
go into graduate-level study. This positive score is then expressed as a
proportion of all known graduates (after excluding those who are unavailable for
work). The larger the number of negative destinations (graduates in non-graduate
job/courses or who are unemployed), the lower the GP score.
The TGUG calculates this for home UK students from full-time first degrees
only. Although the DLHE surveys gather data on EU and, since the 2011/12
collection, international students, as well as postgraduate and other
qualifications, this data isn’t reflected in TGUG league tables. The Government
initiative to publish Key Information Sets (KIS) for all undergraduate
departments in English universities also uses a subtly different methodology!
The KIS is available on the
Surveys show that prospective students and their parents, rightly or wrongly,
pay considerable attention to university league tables.
We can supply detailed analysis of the destinations of Essex graduates for
your department and subject area. We are currently working with the Strategic
Planning and Change Section in developing the
Planning Portal to allow staff to interrogate the data online.
website gives an excellent overview of the national picture for what happens
to graduates from your discipline, based on the DLHE survey, with subject and
HESA website also provides free online statistics from the DLHE survey data.
If you are looking for information about Essex graduate destinations, please
contact Oli Mawdsley (Careers Information Officer (Systems)) by e-mailing
firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements.