Further education colleges
For their directly funded students, colleges must fund and administer the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey themselves.
Supply contact details
We will need to keep colleges informed of key dates and actions.
So we ask that each college ensures they supply an up-to-date ‘DLHE contact’ to DLHE@hefce.ac.uk.
How to run the survey
We expect colleges to carry out the survey in one of three ways:
- contracting out delivery
- running the survey independently
- working through provider partners.
1. Using a contractor
The preferred supplier for the DLHE is i-graduate. Read more about i-graduate.
Any college wanting to work with the new supplier will not need to run a separate procurement exercise.
The supplier will have a contract with colleges and collect and return the DLHE data to HEFCE.
It is the college’s responsibility to fund this activity and to provide the contractor with up-to-date and accurate contact records of eligible respondents.
Please contact DLHE@hefce.ac.uk for more information.
i-graduate product information summary
i-graduate FEC registration form
2. Running the survey independently
Colleges can choose to fund and administer the survey themselves.
- setting up data systems
- contacting graduates through various media
- collecting and coding data
- returning the data via HEFCE’s extranet to strict deadlines
- HEFCE will check the quality of the data during the submission period. FECs may be queried prior to clearance for sign-off of the data.
Any college choosing to run the DLHE survey independently for the first time should complete and return a ‘DLHE preparedness checklist’ to DLHE@hefce.ac.uk.
This is to ensure that colleges understand the practicalities of running the survey. It will also assure HEFCE that the college is capable of returning high response rates with good-quality data.
Download the DLHE preparedness checklist
3. Institutional partnerships
Colleges may choose to collaborate with other colleges or higher education institutions to run the survey.
The responsibility for good response rates and high-quality data will lie with the individual providers.
Further information is available from Julia Moss, 0117 931 7054, email@example.com