Graduate Destinations

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The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey is a national survey of graduates that takes place twice a year.

"Currently 94.3% of our recent graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation" (Source DLHE 2014/15)

Currently 94.3% of our recent graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation (DLHE 2014/15)


Background to the Survey

The University of Chester, along with other higher education institutions in the UK, is required by the government to conduct the survey.

For further information about the survey's methodology, its schedule for collection and what data is made available, visit the Higher Education Statistics Agency's (HESA) website.

Summary of University of Chester 2015 Undergraduate Destinations

For the subgroup of students obtaining first degrees from full-time courses (EPI – Employment Performance Indicator), the percentage employed or studying is 94.3%. 

Comparative Destinations Information

What Do Graduates Do?: key findings of the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) research into the destinations of graduates from the 2015 leavers.   Information for 2016 leavers will be published in October 2017

It should be noted that getting a job which is not directly related to the degree subject is not necessarily an indication of failure on the part of the student or the institution. The most recent data tells us that, nationally, over two thirds of Graduates do not use their degree subject directly in their first employment and that employers recognise and value the generalist skills and, understanding gained from degree level study.

Longitudinal Survey

The longitudinal survey of 2012/13 graduates will take place in the winter of 2016/17. A sample of graduates will be surveyed three and a half years after finishing their studies. Results will be available late August 2017 from the HESA website.