Outcomes performance measures

Strategic objective 3:

‘All students, from all backgrounds, are able to progress into employment, further study, and fulfilling lives, and their qualifications hold their value over time.’

We have three strategic outcomes under this strategic objective, and four key performance measures (KPMs) to help us demonstrate progress against them.

15. Graduates in highly skilled or professional roles

In development:

We expect to specify this measure during winter 2019-20

This measure will use data from the Graduate Outcomes Survey to show the percentage of graduates in highly skilled or professional roles.

It will assume that these graduates are using the knowledge and skills they acquired in higher education.

16. Employers that think graduates are equipped with the right skills and knowledge

In development:

We are working on the development of this measure

This measure will act as a proxy for how far graduates are meeting the demand for knowledge and skills among employers.

17. Graduate wellbeing

In development:

We expect to specify this measure during winter 2019-20

We want to track the extent to which higher education enriches students’ lives after they’ve left.

This measure will be developed to use questions from the Office for National Statistics' Annual Population Survey. This will allow us to compare the wellbeing of graduates with the rest of the population, and so see if there is a link between higher education and wellbeing.

18. Students achieving 1sts


Proportion in 2018-19

We are working on a target for this measure

The proportion of 1sts awarded was the same in 2017-18 and 2018-19 after years of steady increases.

See KPM 18


We welcome feedback on the key performance measures, including on our overall approach and on individual measures. If you have any comments or queries, please contact Josh Fleming at .

If you have any queries about the statistics published as KPMs, please contact Hannah White at .

The Office for Students is committed to following the Code of Practice for Statistics for the statistics it produces. See more information and our statistics release schedule

If you have any other questions or complaints about statistics produced by the Office for Students, please contact Mark Gittoes, Head of Profession for Statistics, at  or call 0117 931 7052.

Last updated 02 April 2020
02 April 2020
Annual update of KPM 18
18 December 2019
Specification dates updated

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