About the DLHE Survey

How frequently is the data updated?

The data is updated annually in June, following release by HESA. After the data has been signed-off as accurate and credible by our college DLHE contacts, it is then uploaded onto the website and made available to staff.

What constitutes a "DLHE year"?

A DLHE year is divided into two collections. The first sub-collection focuses primarily on postgraduates who graduated between August and December and the second sub collection surveys graduates who completed their course between January and July; this second sub-collection tends to include most first degree graduates. So a DLHE year runs from the 1st August to the 31st July and surveys graduates from two academic years.

How far back does the DLHE data go?

The oldest year of DLHE that you can view is DLHE 2003. Previous to the DLHE survey, another form of graduate destination return was used, called the First Destinations Supplement (FDS). This was a much shorter questionnaire with limited depth for reporting. The Careers Group holds data back to 2003 for reference.

How much control does an institution have over the destinations survey?

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey is created by HESA. They determine when the survey is carried out, how the data should be collected and set targets and deadlines for data submission. In addition to this they determine how the information should be interpreted; for example whether or not a particular job is considered to be graduate level or not. For more information on the survey please go to

Can I have access to more detailed statistics?

Yes. The Destinations Survey contains other questions which are not reported on the DLHE Essentials site.

Creating Reports

How do I create a report at course level?

On the reporting page follow the steps to narrow down your search to year, faculty, department and then course.

There are some years where I cannot find the details of my course, why is that?

Sometimes course and department names change over the years. This means that your course or department might not have the same name for each year in our data. The name in the report reflects what it was called in the year that the data was collected. If you are having trouble finding your data, please contact the Careers & Employability team who can help you to identify your data.

Why can’t I create an EPI report for my course?

A definition for EPI can be found in the glossary. You will notice that this is used to select a sub group of students. For example EPI only considers undergraduate students, therefore if you try to create EPI reports for postgraduate courses it will not be possible as none of the students would be included in the EPI subcategory.

Understanding Reports

Why don’t the numbers add up?

At first glance the numbers in some of the reports may appear to be inaccurate, or not correspond with the overall number of respondents for the course. Below each report you will find information about what data is included in the figures, and how they have been calculated. It is important to take note of this information as it will often explain apparent inconsistencies in the data.

The statistics presented in this website are slightly different to the ones in official league tables for previous years, why is this?

DLHE data is notoriously complex and league tables will use different sub groups of students to calculate their statistics. In addition to this, definitions of key DLHE terms have changed throughout time. This makes it difficult to replicate the way that official league table statistics are calculated. DLHE Essentials provides an accurate portrayal of the destinations of your graduates; we have provided information under each report to show you how the figure has been calculated.

Sharing Reports & Data Protection

How can I use this information?

DLHE data can be a powerful tool for a variety of purposes including marketing. However, when sharing any data from this site it is important to remember that it is subject to data protection laws and as such, any data that might be used to identify an individual graduate should not be published.