Introduction to HE estates management data
Who is HESA?
HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) is the expert organisation in UK higher education data and analysis. We have been collecting, processing, and publishing data about higher education (HE) in the UK since the 1994/95 academic year.
As the trusted source of HE data and analysis, HESA plays a key role in supporting and enhancing the competitive strength of the sector.
What estates data do we collect?
We collect data from universities, colleges, and other HE providers in the UK. HE providers submit quantitative data in templates covering finances & people, buildings & spaces, energy, emissions & waste, and transport & environment.
For more information on the coverage of the data, and the data items we collect please see:
How do we collect estates data?
HE providers currently submit an annual data return with information about their estates. The data relates to the academic year 1 August to 31 July and is submitted in the winter following the end of the academic year. We rigorously quality assure and process the data which we then publish in the following Spring/Summer.
We have developed detailed specifications for the data we expect providers to return to us. All the data goes through several stages of validation and checking, with most HE providers submitting their data multiple times to pass these checks. The full data specification can be found via our data collection pages:
What data do we publish?
Environmental information from the Estates management record is published in HE Provider Data: Estates Management.
Data is published as interactive Google tables and charts.
We collect estates data from all publicly funded HE institutions in the UK (plus the privately funded University of Buckingham) via the Estates management record.
We don't currently collect estates information from other Alternative Providers.
What historical data on estates is available?
HESA has collected estates data since 2009/10. Data from 2015/16 to 2016/17 is available via the HE Provider Data: How do HE providers manage their estates? open data release.
Previously published estates data from 2009/10 to 2015/16 is available to download from our publications archive:
Why do we round and suppress data?
HESA data is collected for statistical research purposes, but student and staff data can be 'personal data' in its raw form that needs to be protected from unauthorised exposure. Therefore, a Standard Rounding Methodology is used in all HESA publications and must be used by other users of HESA data too.
What further guidance is available for interpreting our data?
For further guidance on interpreting our data:
- The definitions to accompany our estates information offers definitions for all the key fields that appear in our tables
- Our data intelligence section provides notes submitted by HE providers to comment on anomalies in their data.
What further data is available?
If you cannot find the information you want in our published tables, contact our Custom data enquiry service, which can provide you with data extracts to suit your needs, on +44 (0) 1242 211133, or via the email button below: