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Destination of Leavers Survey

Each year, all recent graduates of higher education institutions in the UK are asked to complete the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE). Graduates are contacted six months after graduation to find out what they are doing in terms of work or further study.

It's a government requirement that at least 80% of our graduates respond, so we'll be in touch to ask you to complete the survey if you don't respond to the initial email.

Completing the DLHE survey is quick and easy – you can do it online and it won't take you a lot of time. You'll be sent an email asking you to complete the survey, or you can access it via the DLHE website. By completing the survey online, by Sunday 4 February 2018, you will be eligible for a free prize draw (terms and conditions apply - pdf 186kb).

If you don't reply, a member of staff at BU will contact you to ask you to complete the survey. You can make it easier for us to collect the information we need by doing the following:

  • Providing us with up-to-date contact details before you leave BU. At that time, try to ensure these will be accurate for six months after graduation. If your contact details change, visit Alumni to update them
  • Respond to the survey when you are contacted, either by post or online
  • As a last resort, if we have to phone you, please help us by providing the information we are required to ask for.

All you need to know


All information is treated with the utmost confidentiality enforced by law, and information in the public domain is only aggregate information and an individual can never be identified.

More about DLHE

When you fill in the DLHE survey you are not only helping us - you are helping other students just like you who will be following in your footsteps.

The survey we are asking you to take part in is a national survey of everyone who has recently qualified from any university or HE college in the UK. The information you provide will also be very useful to us at Bournemouth University to advise our current students about the opportunities that might be available to them.

Of those who obtained qualifications across the UK in 2015/16, 78% responded to the survey. You can find out more on the DLHE 2015/16 results and alternative providers results on their website.

If we don’t hear from you we will try to contact you again, possibly by phone, so please let us know if you change your email address or phone number. If we can’t get in touch with you at all, we may try to get information about what you were doing from someone else, either at Bournemouth University or someone we can reach using the contact information you have previously provided. If you don’t want us to do this, or you don’t want to give us any information at all, please tell us. Below are details about what happens to your information after it is sent to us.

A follow-up survey is planned for three years’ time so that we can get even more information about the early careers of those with HE qualifications. You might be asked to take part in this follow-up survey as well, which will be carried out by a different organisation. The current survey may also be audited – that is, checked to make sure it has been carried out correctly. If you don’t want to take part in the follow-up survey, or to be contacted during an audit, please let us know. You can also let us know that you do not want to take part in the follow-up survey by ticking the box at the end of the questionnaire.

What happens to your information?

Read the BU privacy policy.

We will send information from this survey to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). The uses that HESA makes of your survey responses are described in detail 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 whom it provides services and data.

Data supplied by HESA to third parties is supplied under contracts which require that individuals shall not be identified from the supplied data. A copy of HESA’s current agreement for the supply of data is available on the HESA website.

About the HESA DLHE Collection Notice

The HESA DLHE Collection Notice is regularly reviewed. The most up to date version can be found on the HESA website. Minor updates to the DLHE 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) will be made no more than once per year.

Further surveys

You may be included in further longitudinal surveys of leavers from higher education. 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 the HESA website or email