Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey

The DLHE is an annual survey of our recent graduates, aimed at finding out what they have gone on to do approximately six months after graduating. It consists of a series of questions about the employment and/or further study that graduates are engaged in. The survey covers full-time, part-time, UK, EU and international graduates and the same questionnaire is used for everyone. 

We conduct the survey at two points in the year, one in April and one the following January. Graduates are contacted by e-mail, by post and by telephone to encourage them to complete the survey, then all data is collated, coded and returned to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) at the end of March.

The information is provided to HESA in a coded format and is used by HESA for statutory functions and publications. HESA also supply the data to third parties such as government bodies, academic researchers and journalists. All data published by HESA and supplied by them to third parties is kept anonymous so that individuals cannot be identified.

The data is also very useful to the University, to advise its teaching, learning and employability strategies, to inform current and prospective students about potential career paths and in carrying out its alumni activities and communications. Personal information processed by the University is done so in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and we ensure that no-one is able to identify respondents from published material except where they have given their permission.

In April 2017, we will begin surveying alumni who graduated in January. If you graduated in January, please ensure that your contact information in YorkSpace is up to date to make sure you get the chance to take part in the survey. If you believe you should be included in this survey and you do not receive a communication from us by the end of April, please contact, and we will be able to advise you. You can also view further information about the survey and a full data protection statement by clicking on the link below. 
Complete the DLHE survey online
Further information and data protection statement
If you have received an e-mail about the DLHE survey but would rather not complete it, that's fine - you can let us know by e-mailing and we will ensure you are not contacted further
Students graduating in July 2017 will be included in the next DLHE survey which will begin in November 2017.  If you will be graduating in July, please ensure that you update your contact information in e:Vision before November to make sure you get the chance to take part in the survey.


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