Alison Allden became Chief Executive of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) based in Cheltenham at the start of August 2009. HESA is the official agency for the collection, analysis and dissemination of quantitative information about Higher Education.
Our mission is to support the advancement of UK Higher Education by collecting, analysing and disseminating accurate and comprehensive statistical information in response to the needs of all those with an interest in its characteristics and a stake in its future.
From 2003 - 2009 Alison was on the senior executive of Bristol University as Deputy Registrar and Director of Information Services, with responsibility for all the student facing services, including student administration, the library and IT, the residences, student welfare, sport and the Students' Union. Before that she was Director of IT at Warwick University from 1998 - 2003 and moved into the university sector in 1993 as Director of Computing for Goldsmiths College. Prior to that she ran computing for a Department of Health associated body and worked in IT at two national museums, after gaining an MSc in Computing from LSE.
This followed a 10 year career in archaeology (including being the founding County Archaeologist for Gloucestershire) and a degree in Archaeology, Ancient History and Latin from Bristol University.
She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, Member of the Institute for Archaeologists, Member of the Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals and a Fellow of the RSA. She sits on the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) Board and is also a member of the Information Standards Board and a member of the HEFCE Leadership, Governance and Management Strategic Advisory Committee.
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