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What Do Graduates Do?

What Do Graduates Do?

If you're wondering what your current course, or the course you are considering applying for, might lead to, understanding what graduates do could help.

Like every other UK higher education institution, we collect information from graduates six months after they leave University, to find out more about what they are doing. This survey is called the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. You can find out more about the survey and what happens to the data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

What Newcastle University graduates do

You can see the data for Newcastle University’s latest DLHE survey (2015/16) on our Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education site. You can explore the information by faculty, school and individual course – provided we have a sufficient sample size.

We hope you find these useful. If you have any questions about the survey or the DLHE site, please contact us.

Newcastle university graduates

Comparing graduate destinations

The DLHE data provided by HESA is used to compile some of the national press league tables. The methodology used to create each league table is different, so take care in drawing conclusions from them. However, individually, the league tables do provide some comparison between different institutions, usually on a subject basis.

National league tables include:

There are also other publications which may provide information or destinations and the national graduate labour market:

  • What do graduates do? is a large document, providing a summary of national destination data across 29 different subject areas, based on the 2015/16 DLHE data
  • What do researchers do? (Vitae) provides national data on the trends and first destinations of UK doctoral graduates working in all sectors.

You can also find graduate labour market information on the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) website.