HEFCE logo1. Further to our letter of November 2012, ‘Plans for the 2013 Destinations of Leavers in Higher Education survey in further education colleges’ (HEFCE Circular letter 28/2012), we are writing to provide information on the next steps in the process, including a timeline and the options for institutional engagement in the DLHE.
2. HEFCE Circular letter 28/2012 stated that 2013 would be a transition year in which further education colleges (FECs) should begin preparations to administer and fund the survey themselves in 2014. During this transition year, HEFCE will pay the full costs of the survey for the first tranche for leavers between 1 August and 31 December (the survey conducted in April 2013), and subsidise the cost for the second tranche for leavers between 1 January and 31 July (the survey conducted in January 2014) at a rate of 50 per cent. The survey will be conducted as usual by our contractors, I-Graduate. After both tranches, in July 2014, HEFCE will invoice each college for 50 per cent of the total cost of the second tranche. This will amount to approximately £5 per eligible student.
3. From March 2014, further education colleges will be expected to fully fund and administer the survey for themselves. We hosted a roundtable event in January 2013 and invited a number of FECs to discuss the options for administering the survey, including informing them of the development of a ‘framework’ (or preferred list of contractors). Using contractors from the framework will enable colleges to contract out the survey administration should they so wish, thus benefitting from using providers familiar with administering the survey who can achieve economies of scale. The options available for conducting the DLHE survey are outlined below. Read more...