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Notes for completing the DLHE survey

Each year, the University asks graduates what work or study they are doing a few months following graduation by means of the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey. All universities take part in this survey. This information allows us to better serve you, by continuing to provide you with career support, and it allows the University to improve the services we provide to current and prospective students by letting them know about the kinds of jobs graduates get when they leave the University. This is an integral part of our service.


1. I have returned to do another course. Do I need to complete the survey? Yes please. Although entitled ‘Destination of Leavers survey’ the questionnaire should be completed by all graduates – even if you have not left but are now on another course of study. We need to know the title of your new course and whether you are also employed. Information about postgraduates in part-time work, for example, is useful to organisations like the NUS and can help to shape education strategy nationally.

2. I didn’t complete my course, so never graduated. The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) ask us to contact all leavers who have been awarded a qualification, even if that qualification was not their original one. Please tell us what your employment and study status was on the census date.

3. I was never planning to work. I am retired and only did the course because I was interested in the subject matter. Please still complete the survey and tick “something else” on Section A.

4. I’m only working part-time in a bar. You don’t need to know that do you? Yes – please tell us about any employment or further study you were doing on the census date. Do remember, if you need help from Careers & Employability please contact us on 0161 295 5088 or email:

5. Why do you need so much detail if I'm only working in a bar?  Whatever your role, clear detail about your job title and responsibilities will enable us to code it correctly to ensure the data we send back to HESA is as accurate as possible.  Roles with supervisory or managerial responsibility are more likely to be coded as graduate level roles.  You may have seen the Times League Table refers to “Graduate Level Roles” such as Managers, Directors and Senior Officials.  This is coded according to the responses the graduates give.  Other reports may look at graduate employment levels in certain sectors, or geographical locations which is why these questions are asked.

6. I have secured a job, but it will not start until after the census date. Should I still fill in the form? Yes please! If you are due to start a job within 4 weeks from the census date please complete Section A where there is an option for this. If you are not otherwise employed on the census date, you do not need to complete Section B . If your job does not start within one month of the census date, please let us know what you were doing on the census date instead.

7. I have a few interviews coming up can I complete the survey when I have secured a Graduate Level job? You can complete the survey at any time during the collection period (November-March for the January census date and April-June for the April census date) however, we are interested in what you will be doing or were doing on the specific census date. 

8. I didn't do Teacher Training this time around but I have a teaching qualification from the past. Should I complete Section C? No thanks, this section is for recently qualified QTS Graduates only and should not be completed by other Graduates.

9. Why are you asking for salary information? The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) requires this information to help inform potential students about their degree choices. All information you give to us on the survey is confidential and will not be attributable to you in any way when shared with HESA. Gathering this information from as many of our graduates as possible helps the University of Salford present accurate salary information within each section of the Key Information Sets.  If insufficient salary data is collected to provide a significantly robust sample size, data is aggregated at course or subject level over a longer period of time.  (see for more information.)

10. Why do you need my employer postcode?  Are you going to contact my employer? HESA provides the results of this survey to a variety of government agencies.  Employer postcodes would be used to show geographical areas where graduates are employed and to measure the effect of graduates on local economies.

11. Where should I go for further help and guidance? If you have any questions or queries regarding the completion of the survey, please contact us either by email at, by phone on 0161 295 5088 or call in person to the Careers & Employability Office, University House, open 09:00-17:00 Monday to Friday.