There are several ways in which the UEA measures and reports employability There are several ways in which the UEA measures and reports employability

Destinations surveys

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey is carried out by the Planning Office as part of the overall statistics submission of the university, according to a very detailed and strict methodology defined by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). The survey is carried out in two phases beginning in April and November each year corresponding to a period six months after the two main cohorts of graduate leavers. Each phase consists of a mailshot followed up by a telephone survey. Whilst the first mailing typically gets less than 30% response, Careers Service staff are subsequently required to telephone sufficient graduates to have an overall sample size of 80% of all leavers. Although difficult to achieve, UEA tends to have a slightly higher response rate than most institutions.

Employability performance indicators 

The following performance indicators are used by the University to measure progress of both Schools and the Careers Service in developing student employability (summarised from UEA Employability and Progression Strategy):

  1. Graduate Prospects key performance indicators (KPI) and graduate employment league table positions by subject areas
  2. National Student Survey (NSS) results for the subject area(s), specifically for the academic support and personal development sections
  3. Proportion of students gaining places on graduate level postgraduate courses including those gaining funded places, where such data are available
  4. Proportion of each School's students who use the services offered by the Careers Service. Number and range of courses and school-specific activities and events provided by Careers. Use of the Careers Service resources by UEA students, broken down by School and year of course
  5. Number of work experience, work placement and voluntary work opportunities offered to, and taken up by, UEA students
  6. Number and quality (measured by career relevance and level of responsibility) of part-time work opportunities offered to UEA students

Employability reports

Each year the Careers Service, with data from the Planning Office, produces reports for most Schools, summarising relevant careers and employability statistics and labour market information. These reports can be used in a number of ways:

  • To present at School Board or other School meetings
  • To input into formal reviews of courses and teaching
  • To inform curriculum design

Typically these reports may include data and analysis on:  

  • Destination statistics for the School, UEA as a whole, and comparable departments
  • Latest League Table results for graduate destinations
  • Student usage of Careers Service
  • Student usage of School Blackboard web resources
  • Relevant labour market information
  • Summary of School relevant employability initiatives