What is the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey?

The DLHE survey investigates the early career patterns of HE graduates.  It is conducted in two stages.  The first stage or early survey, aims to find out what leavers of Higher Education are doing six months after they have graduated.  The second stage, or longitudinal survey, is a follow up survey that aims to find out what graduates are doing a further three years on.  Once gathered, the data is then sent to the Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA).

How is the data collected?

Shortly after graduation, a postal questionnaire is sent out to all graduates, and an invitation to complete the information online.  As well as this, the Careers Service are involved in organising telephone calls to capture information from those graduates who have subsequently not responded.  Destination data remains confidential to the University.

What is the data used for?

The information sent to HESA is then used to formulate a Performance Indicator for the employability of the University's students.  The Careers Service and academic departments can then use the data to help prospective and current students to understand where their courses may lead them, in terms of career development and progression.

Why do we do this?

The University of Bolton, along with every Higher Education establishment in the UK, is legally required to provide statistical information on the destination of leavers 6 months after graduation.

Why is the survey important?

The information gained from the DLHE survey is used to inform Careers Advisers and University management on the state of the graduate labour market.  It helps current students in choosing their career path, and helps the University plan, market and review courses.

What you need to do?

  • Provide us with up to date contact details before you leave the University of Bolton.  If your details change again within 6 months, please ensure you let us know.
  • Please leave us with an alternative email address that can be used once you leave the University.
  • Respond to the survey when you are contacted, either by post or online.
  • As a last resort, if we do have to phone you, please help us by providing the information we are required to ask for.