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

Under review

We have recently published our strategy for 2022-25, and are reviewing this key performance measure to make sure it is appropriate.

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

Most Institute of Student Employer respondents and nearly two-thirds of YouGov respondents are able to recruit the quality of graduates they want

See KPM 16

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

See KPM 17

18. Students achieving 1sts


Proportion in 2020-21

We are considering target setting as part of our review of our key performance measures

The proportion of 1sts awarded increased between 2019-20 and 2020-21 from 35.9% to 37.7%

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 William Rimington 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 24 March 2022
24 March 2022
Annual update of KPM 18
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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