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UK Performance Indicators

The UK Performance Indicators provide comparative data on the performance of higher education (HE) providers across several areas.

The areas that the Performance Indicators cover are: 

Change to release date of Experimental UK Performance Indicators

The release date for the Experimental UK Performance Indicators is being brought forward from 28 March to 7 March 2019 (in line with the release of the non-continuation indicators) to coordinate with new Access and Participation data sets which are due to be published by the Office for Students in March.

Future changes

For the last three years, HESA has published a series of experimental widening participation and non-continuation indicators (excluding projected outcomes) using an enhanced methodology and with extended coverage to include Alternative Providers. Users of the data were invited to provide feedback on the revised methodology to help inform the decision on using this as the default method going forward. Based on the feedback received, and in consultation with key stakeholders, the decision has been made to publish the indicators using only the revised methodology from 2020.

From 2020, the low participation data will only be based on the POLAR4 classification and will no longer use the outdated POLAR3 classification.

For further information or queries, please contact [email protected]

Changes from previous years

In 2017 we conducted a major review of the data we collect about the destinations and outcomes of graduates leading to the introduction of the Graduate Outcomes survey. The final output of employment of leavers UK Performance Indicators using data from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey was published in 2018. The first Graduate Outcomes data is due to be published in spring 2020.

The Performance Indicators also previously included information about module completion ratesresearch output and employment of leavers.

About the UK Performance Indicators

The indicators cover publicly funded higher education providers in the UK and one privately funded institution, The University of Buckingham. 

The indicators were developed and specified by the Performance Indicators Steering Group and published on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, the Scottish Funding Council, the Department for the Economy and, until 2018, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (now closed).

Our pages provide an introduction and guide to the Performance Indicators. We also provide resources to support the analysis of the data, including definitionsnotes to tables, and information about benchmarking.