Recent graduates were contacted by us to take part in a major national survey to find out what they were doing about six months after completing their courses.
Survey of 2016/17 graduating cohort
Census date 10 January 2018
Completing the survey
If you completed your course between 1 January and 31 July 2017 you will have received emails and/or phone calls from us. The survey could be completed by using the secure link in your email of by answering our genuine calls.
About the survey
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 is also essential to us when advising current students about the opportunities that might be available to them.
Of those who obtained qualifications across the UK in 2014/15, 79% responded to the survey. Of these, 72% reported that they were working and a further 6% were working and studying. 13% were undertaking further study only. 5% of leavers were assumed to be unemployed. More results can be found at: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/news/30-06-2016/sfr237-destinations-of-leavers.
UEA graduates compare well nationally. Of the 82.9% of UEA home, full-time graduates of first degrees who responded to the survey of the 2015/16 graduating cohort, just 3.4% were assumed unemployed. After just six months 95.5% were in any form of work or further study, whilst some 77.7% were already either in professional or managerial work or further study.
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 the 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
The University is bound by the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 and is responsible for the maintenance of a database which contains the information you provide on your form. The data is used for quality assurance purposes to provide statistical analysis reflecting the destinations of the graduate population. It is invaluable to the University for both reviewing content and promoting courses, together with informing staff and students regarding the graduate employment market and helping students understand career options.
Your contact and employment data will be held on your alumni record to aid our mission to inform and support the careers of our students and graduates. Please see our Data Protection Information for details of how your record is used.
Graduates, as data subjects, may request a copy of the personal data held about them on computer or in paper files for a small fee. Those wishing to make such a request should write in the first instance to:
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park
Tel: 01603 592484
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 here: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/about/regulation/data-protection/notices/dlhe-c16018