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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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Steps to Postgraduate Study

Steps to PG study

Advice and information on study options, finance, benefits and much more

Visit the ‘Steps to Postgraduate Study’ website

Intentions After Graduation Survey (IAGS)

The Intentions After Graduation Survey (IAGS) asks final-year undergraduates about their plans for what they will do after graduation, including plans for postgraduate study. It is an optional online-only survey attached to the end of the National Student Survey (NSS), which has run since 2013. 

The IAGS allows us to see if intentions change between different cohorts and also whether gaps exist between different student groups. We track students to see if their actions reflect their intentions in the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Analysis of the survey

We carried out an analysis based on the results of the Intentions After Graduation Survey (IAGS) 2016.

Explore this analysis

New IAGS for 2017-18

We have recently reviewed the survey to ensure that the sector will still find the data useful. With significant changes occurring in the higher education landscape, including changes to postgraduate funding, it was felt that the survey is still of use for both government and HE providers.

A review of the purpose, design and management of the survey was conducted to ensure:

  • that it was useful for the sector in providing insights in progression to PG study and employment
  • that the survey was cognitively tested, in the same way that the NSS and DHLE are
  • that it aligned with the new graduate outcomes survey, which replaces the DLHE and is conducted at 15 months after graduation, as opposed to six.  

The review was approved in February 2017 and cognitive testing of the new survey took place over the summer.

Read the report of the findings

Page last updated 15 December 2017