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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, finding out what our graduates do could help.

Like every other UK higher education institution, we collect information from graduates after they leave university, to find out more about what they are doing. Previously, this data was collected 6 months after graduation, using a survey called the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. Data will now instead be collected 15 months after graduation using the new Graduate Outcomes survey. The first survey was conducted in December 2018, with the data to be published in spring 2020.

You can find out more about the survey and what happens to the data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and on the Graduate Outcomes website.

What Newcastle University graduates do

In the meantime, you can see the data for Newcastle University’s last DLHE survey (2016/17) 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. Where the sample size was too small, we can’t provide data to protect students’ confidentiality.

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? provides a summary of national destination data across 29 different subject areas, based on the latest 2016/17 DLHE data
  • What do researchers do? (Vitae) provides national data on the trends and first destinations of UK doctoral graduates working in all sectors
  • The Graduate Market in 2019 (PDF: 2MB) review of graduate vacancies, starting salaries and paid work experience opportunities in the UK's 100 best known employers 

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