Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education. This is the official name for the survey of university graduates in the UK which records what a graduate is doing in terms of work or further study six months after they leave the institution.

DLHE Period
The DLHE year in question. DLHE years tend to run from August to July and include two sub-collections: The April collection which focuses on postgraduate leavers, and the January collection which includes most undergraduate leavers.

Employment Performance Indicator. This is a sub-group of the whole cohort of leavers - UK, first-degree, full-time graduates. This group tends to be the group which the league tables use for calculating their statistics.

Elias and Purcell
An alternate classification system which divides all SOC codes into either ‘professional/managerial’, or 'non professional/managerial’.

Explicit refusals/refusals
Refusals are graduates who have responded to the survey by post or email or who we have spoken to on the phone, but who have refused to supply any information for the survey.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England.www.hefce.ac.uk. The DLHE survey is one of many projects which HEFCE are responsible for.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency: http://www.hesa.ac.uk HESA is the official agency responsible for the DLHE collection and analysis, set up by the various funding councils for the UK. The HESA website includes detailed information about the DLHE survey and published data for institutions.

Joint Academic Coding System. This is a coding system which identifies the subject area of a particular programme of study.

HEFCE's Key Information Set. A collection of comparable sets of data, some from DLHE, intended to provide standardised information about undergraduate courses within the UK. The sub-group of students included in these statistics are UK and EU first degree undergraduates. The KIS will include information around graduate destinations including the percentage of graduates who have gone into graduate level work and median salaries six months after graduation. Please note that, although we use the same parameters to calculate the KIS reports as HESA, it is often difficult to replicate the published KIS report for any course due to the aggregation rules for publication used by HESA when compiling KIS data.

Median Salary
The middle value in a list of ordered salaries.

Non respondents
Non respondents are graduates who have not responded to the email or postal survey and who we have been unable to contact by phone.

Within the data you will notice the categories "other", "other undergraduate" and "other postgraduate." These are students who have gone into further study but are doing a qualification other than an undergraduate or postgraduate degree; for example, they may be working towards a certificate or diploma.

An acronym for the ‘DLHE Population’. This is the group of people that HESA identifies as being eligible for the survey. Generally speaking this is UK and EU graduates only.

Previously known as “graduate level” in relation to types of work. This is determined by the SOC codes. HESA’s current definition of a professional/managerial role is one whose SOC code begins with 1,2 or 3. There are also alternate classification systems, such as Elias and Purcell

The Standard Industrial Classification. This is a numerical coding system for the various employer types that is used to categorise the responses from graduates.

The Standard Occupation Classification. This is a numerical coding system for the various occupation types that is used to categorise the responses given by graduates into different occupational sectors.