HESA is not covered by the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, we will do our best to answer any queries we receive.

HESA is not a public authority under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. HESA is a not-for-profit private limited company owned by its members. The members are Universities UK and GuildHE - the two representative bodies of Higher Education Institution in the United Kingdom. HESA is funded by subscription from all of the universities and higher education colleges throughout the UK.

Links with public authorities

HESA collects data from all publicly funded HE institutions in the UK. HESA has formal agreements with government departments, agencies and devolved administrations (statutory customers) to provide the data they require to fulfill their public functions.

The list of HE institutions is available in the related links section.

The statutory customers are as follows:

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Welsh Government
  • Scottish Government
  • Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland
  • Higher Education Funding Council for England
  • Higher Education Funding Council for Wales
  • Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council
  • Department for Education
  • Research Councils
  • Skills Funding Agency
  • National College for Teaching and Leadership
  • National Health Service (including Health Education England)
  • General Medical Council
  • Office For Fair Access
  • Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

More information about HESA and its relationships with the statutory customers can be found in Data Protection Guidance for the HESA Records.

Get information from HESA

A wide variety of information is published on the HESA website in various formats. The Statistics section has links to all the material published online.

HESA releases a range of statistical publications. These are all published in electronic downloadable formats. You can find a list of HESA publications in the publications section. A list of future publications is given in the pulications schedule.

The Bespoke Data Service can supply ad hoc data to a client's specifications. Small enquiries (up to ~10 numbers) can be supplied free of charge. Larger data enquiries are provided under license and are subject to a fee.

For press and media enquiries please see the Press Office page.