The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey is an important national graduate survey. The survey is conducted by all universities in the UK and shows details of leavers’ employment and further study six months after leaving university. Finding out what our graduates move onto is really important to us at University of Cumbria.

Taking part

The information you provide helps to inform students’ choices, develop higher education policy and drive improvements within universities.

  • If you have graduated in the last six months you will be contacted by email and sent a personal link to complete the survey online, this will only take a few minutes to complete.
  • If you have not completed the survey online in the first few weeks, the DLHE team will then contact you by telephone.
  • While we encourage you to complete the survey, you are not obliged to. If you do not want to participate email the team at to inform us and we will stop contacting you.
  • We have to ask everyone the same questions, even if you have returned to university for further study.

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As soon as you graduate you become a member of the alumni association, an international network of over 40,000 graduates. Your relationship with us will continue for life. There are no joining fees, no need to sign up, we will email you as soon as you graduate.  All we ask is that you keep your contact details up to date. As an alumnus you will receive exclusive alumni benefits and services, the latest news, event invites and opportunities to stay connected to Cumbria and each other.

There are many ways to stay in touch. Visit the Alumni pages, ‘Like’ us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, connect with our LinkedIn group or email

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Did you know that you can access careers information, advice and guidance for up to three years after you leave the university? 

Careers service

HESA information

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in the statutory body that governs the DLHE survey. They tell us who to include and provide the questionnaires to all UK Higher Education institutions. The data you provide is coded and sent to HESA, the use HESA makes of your survey responses are described in detail online.

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

You might be asked to take part in a follow up survey in three years’ time so we can get more information about the early careers of those with HE qualifications. This survey is carried out by different organisation. The current survey may also be audited – that is, checked to make sure it has been carried out correctly.

Data Protection information

The information you give will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Your responses are added to your student record and only used by staff at University of Cumbria in accordance with the use of data on that record as previously agreed on your entry into higher education.

The university securely stores completed paper surveys for 3 years after data is signed off by HESA and the University’s Vice Chancellor. After 3 years, all paper records are destroyed, along with our electronic data collection documents.

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