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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: 

About the UK Performance Indicators

See About the UK Performance Indicators for information about these statistics and links to further details.


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. These will no longer be labelled as experimental statistics and will become the default method for producing the indicators going forward. 

From 2020, the low participation data will only be based on the POLAR4 classification and will no longer use the outdated POLAR3 classification. The Graduate Outcomes survey data will be used to produce experimental graduate outcomes indicators due to be published in spring 2020.

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

See Changes to the UK Performance Indicators for details of changes since 2002/03.

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