Graduate OutcomesGraduate Outcomes Survey

What is the Graduate Outcomes Survey?

The Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) is a national survey capturing information about the perspectives and activities of graduates 15 months after you complete your studies. Graduate Outcomes has replaced the previous Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE).

The survey looks to understand whether you’re in employment, have continued with further study or are doing something else. It will also ask how your degree helped prepare you for your current role.

This survey is conducted on behalf of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), and involves an online or telephone questionnaire which will ask whether you are working, studying, travelling or undertaking another activity. It will also ask how your degree helped prepare you for your current role.

Why does the survey matter?

As a SAS graduate, your response to this survey is very important, as it will:

  • Help current and future students gain an insight into career destinations and development
  • Contribute to the positioning of SAS and UoL in league tables
  • Empower higher education providers, policy makers, charities, journalists, researchers and others, to understand the higher education sector and current trends within the graduate jobs market

How and when will I be contacted?

Graduates will be grouped across the year into four cohorts based on the end date of your course. You will receive an email inviting you to complete the survey online, approximately 15 months after completing your studies. This email will be sent from HESA on behalf of the University of London ( You may also be contacted by telephone and asked to complete the survey over the phone.

The table below shows when you'll be surveyed:

End of course date   Survey invitation
August - October 2021   December 2022
November 2021 - January 2022   March 2023
February - April 2022   June 2023
May - July 2022   September 2023


Following the first email invitation, you will have 12 weeks to complete the survey.

What do I need to do now?

We ask you to keep all your contact details updated to receive further communications about the survey and ensure that HESA can get in touch when appropriate.

Update your contact details online

For more information regarding the Graduate Outcomes Survey, please visit their website.

Data protection

University of London is required by law to pass details of all recent graduates to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) for the purposes of conducting the Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) at approximately 15 months after you completed your studies.

See the HESA Student Collection Notice for full details.

Who to contact

If you have any questions or concerns about the Graduate Outcomes Survey, please contact the University of London Development Office at

Remember: as a SAS graduate, you can enjoy a variety of benefits and services as a member of the University of London alumni community, including career support for two years after you graduate. Read more.