Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey

The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) is an annual survey of graduates that is conducted on behalf of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). The survey collects information every year in order to find out what graduates have gone on to do after completing their course and aims to obtain information on the employment circumstances of graduates, as well as details on any further study that they are engaged in. Applicants or current students of the University may find this information useful to see the types of opportunities which may be available to them after they complete their course.

Results of the survey also provide Key Information Set (KIS) and Labour Market Information (LMI) data, and contribute to London Met’s ratings in the various league tables.

How is the data collected?

Leavers in the eligible sample will be contacted between November 2017 and January 2018 inviting them to complete the survey online. Subsequent to this, if a completed survey has not been received, the DLHE team will call leavers to gather details of their employment and/or further study following their degree.

The survey is completely confidential and no personal information about the leaver is published that links them to the information. All information provided is forwarded to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) who publishes the results in an anonymous format. 

When will I be contacted?

  • Students who completed their courses between 1st August 2016 and 31st December 2016 were contacted earlier this year between 12th April 2017 and 23rd June 2017.
  • Students who completed their courses between 1st January 2017 and 31st July 2017 will be contacted between 8th November 2017 and 5th March 2018.

What happens to your information?

In returning this form and participating in the survey, you accept that the information you provide will be linked to other data held about you as a student, including similar coded information supplied on enrolment, and other internal databases. Data collected through surveys may also be released internally by the University solely for the purpose of research, strategic monitoring of services and for approved users wishing to make contact with specific graduates for research purposes.

We will send information from this form to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). This data will be linked to other information held about you as a student, including information you gave when you enrolled, and details of the qualification you gained. Information about the uses of this data is available in the Student Collection Notice

Your HESA record and survey responses will not be used in any way that could be used to make decisions about you.

HESA collects, and is responsible for, the database in which your HESA record is stored. HESA uses this information in its own right, for example to publish statistics about leavers from higher education. All uses of the HESA record must comply with the Data Protection Act 1998. HESA is a registered charity and operates on a not-for-profit basis. It may charge other organisations to which it provides services and data.

The HESA record is used for four broad purposes:

Purpose 1 - Public functions

The HESA record is used by some organisations to help carry out public functions connected with education in the UK. These organisations are data controllers in common of the HESA record under the terms of the Data Protection Act. Such organisations include:

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Welsh Government
  • Scottish Government
  • Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland
  • Higher Education Funding Council for England
  • Higher Education Funding Council for Wales
  • Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council
  • Department for Education
  • Research Councils
  • Skills Funding Agency
  • National College for Teaching and Leadership
  • National Health Service (including Health Education England)
  • General Medical Council
  • Office For Fair Access
  • The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

and any successor bodies. These organisations may link information from the HESA record with other information they hold. The HESA record may also be used by other organisations to help carry out public functions that are not connected with education. Such users include the Office for National Statistics and the National Audit Office who may use the data to fulfil their statutory functions of measuring population levels and monitoring public expenditure.

Purpose 2 - Administrative uses

Fraud detection and prevention – Your HESA information may be used to audit claims to public funding and student finance, and to detect and prevent fraud.

Your HESA information will not be used to make decisions about you other than for those uses outlined under Purpose 2.

Purpose 3 - HESA publications

HESA uses the HESA Student Record to produce statistical publications. These include some National Statistics publications and online management information services.  HESA will take precautions to ensure that individuals are not identified from the data which are processed for Purpose 3.

Purpose 4 - Equal opportunity, research, journalism and other processing in which there is a legitimate interest

HESA and the other data controllers listed under Purpose 1 may also supply data to third parties where there is a legitimate interest in doing so. Examples of use for this purpose include:

  • Equal opportunities monitoring
  • Research - This may be academic research, commercial research or other statistical research where this is in the public interest
  • Journalism - Where the relevant publication would be in the public interest e.g. league tables
  • Provision of information to students and prospective students

Users to whom data may be supplied for Purpose 4 include:

  • Higher education sector bodies
  • Higher education providers
  • Academic researchers and students
  • Commercial organisations (e.g. recruitment firms, housing providers, graduate employers)
  • Unions
  • Non-governmental organisations and charities
  • Local, regional and national government bodies
  • Journalists

Information supplied by HESA to third parties is supplied under contracts which require that individuals shall not be identified from the supplied information. If you wish to you can refer to HESA’s current agreement for the supply of information.  HESA student information (linked to the National Pupil Database and/or Individual Learner Record held by DfE) may be supplied by HESA through DfE to researchers. A copy of the Agreement for the supply of linked data is available at:


The HESA Student Collection Notice is regularly reviewed.  The most up to date version can be found at Minor updates to the Student Collection Notice (including organisation name changes and clarification of previously specified purposes) may be made at any time. Major updates (such as a new purpose or administrative use) will be made no more than once per year. 

Further surveys

You may also be included in longitudinal surveys of leavers in the years after you graduate. If so, we will pass your contact details to the organisation that has been contracted to carry out that survey. That organisation will use your details only for that purpose, and will then delete them.

If you do not want to take part in any of these surveys, please let us know.

Your rights

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you have rights of access to the data HESA holds about you. You will have to pay a small fee for this. For further information about the HESA record please see or email

If you have any questions about the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, please email








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