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.
Strategic outcome: graduates and postgraduates leave with the knowledge and skills that will contribute to their national and local economies and communities, and drive productivity.
15. Graduates in highly skilled or professional roles
We have paused some activity due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
We hope to specify this measure soon.
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 think that graduates are equipped with the right skills and knowledge
All Institute of Student Employer respondents and nearly two-thirds of YouGov respondents are able to recruit the quality of graduates they want.
Strategic outcome: Students’ lives are improved and enriched by their time in higher education.
17. Graduate wellbeing
Graduates completing their courses in 2018-19 were less likely to score very highly for 'life satisfaction' and 'the sense that things done in life are worthwhile' than their counterparts who graduated in 2017-18.
Strategic outcome: Qualifications hold their value over time, and students are able to use them long after leaving higher education.
18. Students achieving 1sts
Proportion in 2019-20
We are working on a target for this measure
The proportion of 1sts awarded increased considerably between 2018-19 and 2019-20 from 29% to 36%.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 [email protected].
If you have any queries about the statistics published as KPMs, please contact William Rimington at [email protected].
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 [email protected] or call 0117 931 7052.
11 March 2021
- Annual data and population change for KPM 18 and KPM 16 added
09 July 2020
- Update on specification timescales for KPMs 15, 16 and 17
02 April 2020
- Annual update of KPM 18
18 December 2019
- Specification dates updated
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