Graduate Outcomes survey

Graduate Outcomes is the biggest UK annual social survey and captures the perspectives and current status of recent graduates.

All graduates who completed a course will be asked to take part in the survey 15 months after they finish their studies. The survey aims to help current and future students gain an insight into career destinations and development. 

Your responses will also help us to evaluate and promote LSE courses.

Why take the survey?

Taking part in the Graduate Outcomes survey is an essential part of your higher education journey. As the biggest UK annual social survey, the collective graduate voice is powerful and will directly impact the future of education for prospective students. 

This survey is unique because it picks up with you over a year (15 months) after you finished your studies. This allows you to reflect on the value your studies have played in your current activities, how this compares to your original plans and how you’re using skills you’ve picked up whilst in education. Only you will know if you left education with the skills and knowledge you needed to get you to where you are now.

We also want to understand the non-traditional routes that graduates are taking following education. Employment isn’t the only successful outcome: we want to know what you do, and really understand what you see as fulfilling.

Who conducts the survey?

The Graduate Outcomes survey is owned by HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Agency. HESA supports the advancement of the higher education sector by collecting and publishing timely and reliable data about the sector.

The administration of the Graduate Outcomes survey is undertaken by a third-party survey contractor (IFF Research) who works in collaboration with HESA and The London School of Economics and Political Science.

When will I be contacted and how will my data be used?

  • At 6 months and 12 months after graduating LSE Careers and LSE Alumni will contact you to ask you to update your contact details for the Graduates Outcomes survey. Your contact details will also be updated on LSE Careers and LSE Alumni’s databases for future correspondence regarding careers events and your LSE Alumni community. 

  • Two weeks before the survey period begins LSE will send you an email to let you know that you will be contacted to complete the Graduate Outcomes survey in the following weeks.

  • Around 15 months after you completed your studies you will be contacted by HESA to complete the survey by email, text and/or phone.

    • Email: The survey will be emailed to you - the email will come from Graduate Outcomes with your university or college name in the email address. These emails will contain a link to the online survey. As an example, graduates will receive an email from: [providername]
    • Text messages: You will receive text reminders from ‘GradOutcome’. These texts will contain a link to the online survey.
    • Phone: If you receive a phone call regarding the survey, it will be from IFF Research. It has been appointed to capture survey responses by phone. They will introduce themselves as calling on behalf of your university / college.

Can I opt-out of being surveyed?

It is not compulsory to complete the survey. When you are contacted to complete the survey you will be able to opt out and you will not be contacted again.

You have the right to object to HESA contacting you for the Graduate Outcomes survey. If you don't want to be contacted for the survey please email

If you wish to opt-out of any further contact from the university this must be done through direct contact with LSE. 


Where can I find out more about the Graduate Outcomes survey?

You can find more information about Graduate Outcomes on their dedicated webpage including common questions about the survey.