Graduate Employment from all UK Degree Courses

Glen Crust made this Freedom of Information request to Higher Education Statistics Agency
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The request was refused by Higher Education Statistics Agency.

Dear Higher Education Statistics Agency,

I am interested in improving UCAS applicants’ higher education choices.

Please provide me with a complete record of the following data collected in HESA’s Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, conducted for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 graduate cohorts.

Within each year cohort, for each graduate from whom data was collected, please provide:

1. The higher education institution the graduate attended
2. The title of the course the graduate studied
3. The graduate’s job title
4. The name of the organisation the graduate was working for
5. The graduate’s annual pay to the nearest thousand pounds, before tax

...or whatever parts of that data were provided by the graduate.

Yours faithfully,

Glen Crust

Peter Billington, Higher Education Statistics Agency

Hello Glen,

Thank you for your enquiry. We are able to help provide the data that
you require. Can I firstly ask that you complete a Data Request Form by
following the link below so that we can process your enquiry:
http://www.hesa.ac.uk/index.php/componen...
/

Currently, we only have DLHE data up until 2008/09, with 2009/10 data
becoming available in June. However, we can set up a contract for
2009/10 DLHE data now to ensure that you receive the data as soon as
possible after the release of the 2009/10 DLHE record.

Kind regards

Peter Billington
Student Information Analyst
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
95 Promenade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1HZ
T 01242 211465 F 01242 211122 W www.hesa.ac.uk

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Hello Peter,

Thank you for your email suggesting that I clarify my request using HESA’s online data request form.

I have completed and sent the form, requesting

A complete record of the following data collected in HESA’s Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, conducted for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 graduate cohorts.

Within each year cohort, for each graduate from whom data was collected:

1. The higher education institution the graduate attended
2. The title of the course the graduate studied
3. The graduate’s job title
4. The name of the organisation the graduate was working for
5. The graduate’s annual pay to the nearest thousand pounds, before tax
6. The Standard Occupation Code (SOC) from the job title
7. The Standard Industry Code (SIC) from the employer information

...or whatever parts of that data were provided by the graduate.

Yours sincerely,

Glen Crust

Peter Billington, Higher Education Statistics Agency

Hi Glen,

Thank you for completing the Data Request Form. I have passed on your
request to my manager to have a look at and make some decisions on what
we can provide to you, as your intended usage is slightly contentious.

I will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss further.

Kind regards

Peter

Peter Billington
Student Information Analyst
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
95 Promenade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1HZ
T 01242 211465 F 01242 211122 W www.hesa.ac.uk

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Dear Peter,
Please let me know in which ways my intended use of the data is contentious.
Best wishes,
Glen Crust

Peter Billington, Higher Education Statistics Agency

Hi Glen,

The contentious issue is that you are intending to publish very detailed
data on a free-to-view website, where individuals could potentially be
identified and so we need to do our best to prevent the possibility of
this occurring.

I am just about to have a look in to some figures for you now, so I
shall get back to you later on your other message.

Kind regards

Peter

Peter Billington
Student Information Analyst
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
95 Promenade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1HZ
T 01242 211465 F 01242 211122 W www.hesa.ac.uk

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To: Denise Jones
Head of Information Services
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

Dear Denise,
Thank you for making time to answer my email, and for drawing my attention to
(1) Aberdeen University’s unusually broad range of course titles and unusually small graduate cohorts (by comparison with some other HEIs) as a robust test of data protection in the proposed database.
(2) The risk associated with reporting unique combinations of course title and job title, given the DLHE data collection notice offer, that a graduate’s HESA record will not be used in any way that affects them personally. I understand there is little incentive for HESA to expose itself to that risk.
I accept that the request is declined.
Thank you for your help.
Best wishes,
Glen