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Our publications provide an archive of HE information going back to the 1994/95 academic year. They contain data and analysis about the activities of universities, colleges and specialist providers of higher education (HE) in the UK.

All of our publications are released under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. You are free to share and build upon these publications, as long as you credit us (HESA, www.hesa.ac.uk), provide a link to the licence, and indicate if any changes have been made. If you have any queries about our publications, please email [email protected].

Open data

Statistical bulletins are the first releases of national-level data from our annual collections of Student, Staff and Graduate data. Before 2019 these were called 'Statistical First Releases'. 

Find statistical bulletins and first release by year and topic

Online open data

The Higher Education Student Data open data release includes detailed analysis of the student datasets from the 2014/15 academic year:

Higher Education Student Data

Publication archive

The Students in Higher Education publication is presented as folders of Microsoft Excel tables. These include breakdowns by subject of study, level of study, mode of study, age, sex, ethnicity, disability, domicile and much more. There are also tables providing a comprehensive look at the qualifications obtained by students at all levels.

 

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The Students in Higher Education 051 only source download is presented as a free downloadable csv, which can be accessed via the link below. These CSV's contain data from the Student open data release and Higher Education Student Statistical bulletin for those providers who submit to the Student record (051) collection only

Higher Education Student Statistics: UK 2020/21 (SB262)

Item Contains Source data 051 Keywords
Figure 1 First year higher education (HE) student enrolments by level of study 2011/12 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Figure 2 HE qualifications obtained by level of qualification 2011/12 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Figure 3 HE student enrolments by level of study 2016/17 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Figure 4 HE student enrolments at HE and FE providers by level of study and HE provider type 2016/17 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Figure 5 HE student enrolments by personal characteristics 2016/17 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Figure 6 UK domiciled full-time HE undergraduate student enrolments by participation characteristics 2016/17 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Figure 7 HE student enrolments by HE provider and domicile 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Figure 8 HE student enrolments by level of study, mode of study and domicile 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Figure 9 HE student enrolments by domicile 2016/17 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Figure 10 UK domiciled first year HE student enrolments by domicile and country of HE provider 2016/17 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Figure 11 Top ten EU and non-EU countries of domicile (excluding the UK) in 2020/21 for HE student enrolments 2016/17 and 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Figure 13 HE student enrolments by CAH level 1 subject and sex 2019/20 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Figure 14 Percentage of HE student enrolments in science subjects by personal characteristics 2019/20 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Figure 15 HE qualifications obtained by level of qualification 2016/17 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Figure 16 Percentage of first degree qualifiers obtaining each classification 2016/17 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Figure 17 HE qualifications obtained by CAH level 1 subject and sex 2019/20 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Figure 18 Percentage of HE student qualifications obtained in science subjects by personal characteristics 2019/20 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Figure 19 HE student enrolments by CAH level 1 subject and sex 2018/19 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  

Detailed tables (DT051) and Overview charts (OC051): 2020/21

Item Contains Source data 051 Keywords
Table 1 HE student enrolments by HE provider 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 2 HE student enrolment FTE by HE provider and level of study 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 3 HE student enrolments by HE provider and age group 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 4 HE student enrolments by HE provider and disability marker 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 5 UK domiciled HE student enrolments by HE provider and ethnicity marker 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 11 HE student enrolments by domicile and region of HE provider 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 14 UK domiciled student enrolments by ethnicity and sex 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 15 UK domiciled student enrolments by disability and sex 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 16 HE qualifiers by HE provider and level of qualification obtained 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 18 HE qualifiers by level of qualification obtained, country of HE provider and sex 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 20 ITT students by HE provider and level of study 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 23 ITT qualifiers by HE provider and level of qualification obtained 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 26 UK domiciled first degree qualifiers by classification of first degree, religious belief, sex, age group, disability marker and ethnicity marker 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 28 Non-UK domiciled HE students by HE provider and country of domicile 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 29 HE qualifiers by HE provider and age group 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 30 HE qualifiers by HE provider and disability marker 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 31 UK domiciled HE qualifiers by HE provider and ethnicity marker 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 35 UK domiciled qualifiers by disability and sex 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 36 First degree qualifiers by highest qualification on entry and classification of first degree Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 42 UK domiciled qualifiers by subject of study and ethnicity 2019/20 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 43 HE student enrolments by subject of study and age group 2019/20 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 44 HE student enrolments by subject of study and disability marker 2019/20 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 45 UK domiciled HE student enrolments by subject of study and ethnicity 2019/20 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 46 HE student enrolments by subject of study 2019/20 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 47 First year UK domiciled HE student enrolments by subject of study and highest qualification on entry 2019/20 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 48 Undergraduate sandwich student enrolments by subject of study and sex 2019/20 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 49 HE student enrolments by HE provider and subject of study 2019/20 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 50 HE qualifiers by subject of study and level of qualification obtained 2019/20 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 51 HE qualifiers by HE provider and subject of study 2019/20 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 52 HE student enrolments by subject of study and domicile 2019/20 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 53 UK domiciled undergraduate students of known ethnicity by CAH level 1 subject and ethnicity 2019/20 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 54 HE qualifiers by subject of study and domicile 2019/20 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 55 HE qualifiers by subject of study and age group 2019/20 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 56 HE qualifiers by subject of study and disability marker 2019/20 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 58 HE student enrolments by age and domicile 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Table 59 UK domiciled domiciled HE students by HE provider and domicile 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Chart 1 Students by level of study 2000/01 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Chart 2 First year students by level of study and mode of study 2005/06 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Chart 3 HE students by sex 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Chart 6 First year non-UK domiciled students by domicile 2006/07 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Chart 8 MBA students by domicile 2014/15 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Chart 9 Classified first degree qualifications by class 2006/07 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Chart 10 Qualifications obtained by level of qualification 2000/01 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  
Chart 11 HE students by CAH level 1 and sex 2019/20 to 2020/21 Download source data 051 (csv)  

Publication archive

The UK Performance Indicators (UKPIs) data release was discounted after 2020/21. From 2018/19, the performance indicators are based on a new methodology previously used for experimental statistics in 2015/16 - 2017/18. The UK Performance Indicators data from 2015/16 onwards are presented as interactive Google tables. The interactive tables include multiple years' data accessible by a filter button on each table.

Widening participation: UK Performance Indicators 2015/16 to 2020/21
Summary

UK performance indicators from 2002/03 to 2015/16 are presented as Microsoft Excel files.
Summary pages present national level statistics with time series.

Experimental statistics

From 2015/16 to 2017/18 Alternative Providers were included in a separate release including both Widening participation and Non-continuation statistics:

Experimental statistics 2016/17 to 2017/18
Experimental statistics 2015/16

From 2018/19 the methodology used for these releases became the standard methodology for the UK Performance Indicators. See latest release (top of this section) for multiple years' statistics.

Publication archive

The UK Performance Indicators (UKPIs) data release was discounted after 2019/20. From 2018/19, the performance indicators are based on a new methodology previously used for experimental statistics in 2015/16 - 2017/18. The UK Performance Indicators data from 2014/15 onwards are presented as interactive Google tables. The interactive tables include multiple years' data accessible by a filter button on each table.

Non-continuation: UK Performance Indicators 2014/15 to 2019/20
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Publication archive

UK performance indicators from 2002/03 to 2015/16 are presented as Microsoft Excel files.
Summary pages present national level statistics with time series.

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Experimental statistics

From 2015/16 to 2017/18 Alternative Providers were included in a separate release including both Widening participation and Non-continuation statistics:

Experimental statistics 2016/17 to 2017/18

Experimental statistics 2015/16

From 2018/19 the methodology used for these releases became the standard methodology for the UK Performance Indicators (with the exception of projected outcomes). See latest release (top of this section) for multiple years' statistics.

Online open data

The Higher Education Staff Data open data release includes detailed analysis of the personal and contract characteristics of staff from 2014/15:

Higher Education Staff Data

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Staff data includes information on sex, ethnicity, disability, employment terms, age and much more. Many of the tables are broken down by higher education provider. Data also looks at the highest qualification held and nationality of staff.

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The HE Graduate Outcomes Data open data release provides results of the Graduate Outcomes survey for graduates from 2017/18.

Graduate Outcomes is a new survey conducted differently from previous surveys and producing different information. These new experimental statistics are not comparable with the results of the earlier Destinations of Leavers form Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Higher Education Graduate Outcomes Data

Online open data

The HE Provider Data: Finance open data release includes financial accounts information for HE providers from 2015/16:

HE Provider Data: Finance

Publication archive

Finances of Higher Education Providers contains a subset of the finance data returned. It focuses on income and expenditure figures with breakdowns by source and category of spending.

The tables can be used to examine income from funding council grants, tuition fees & education grants, research grants & contracts and endowment & investment income. 

Details on how much higher education providers spend on academic staff costs and the cost of depreciation are also included. Many of these tables are also cross-tabulated by cost centre and HE provider.

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Online open data

The HE Provider Data: Finance open data release includes financial accounts information for HE providers from 2015/16:

HE Provider Data: Finance

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HE Finance Plus contains the full finance statistics return for UK higher education providers. Data includes detailed income and expenditure analysis and balance sheet information. The most recent editions include financial profile ratios.

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Higher education providers are embedded in the economy and communities of the UK.

This publication provides a detailed picture of interactions between UK higher education providers and businesses & the wider community. Such interactions include spin offs and start-up companies, intellectual property, consultancy, CPD, public engagement, and more.

Online open data

HE Provider Data: Business and Community Interaction - the open data release includes detailed analysis of the HE-BCI record from 2014/15:

HE Provider Data: Business and Community Interaction

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Environmental Information for UK higher education providers is collected as part of the Estates Management record. We undertook this data collection for the first time in 2009/10.

Our free tables include information on providers' grounds and buildings, water and energy usage, waste management, transport and other environmental measurements

Online open data

HE Provider Data: Estates Management - the open data release includes environmental information from the Estates management record from 2015/16:

HE Provider Data: Estates Management

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Information on the activities of students after they have left a higher education provider.

Data was collected through a survey carried out approximately six months after students left. The publication includes information about what leavers were doing - whether studying, working or both. Where leavers were in employment, it records the type of industry, sector, occupation type and location of employment.

Much of the data is also linked to data from our Student record. This allows analysis of destinations by students’ attributes such as sex, subject of study and qualification obtained.

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The Employmeent of Leavers indicators are based on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. UK performance indicators for 2016/17 are presented as interactive Google tables.

Employment of leavers: UK Performance Indicators 2016/17

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UK performance indicators from 2002/03 to 2015/16 are presented as Microsoft Excel files. The Summary pages present national level statistics with time series.

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Longitudinal Destinations data provides a rich insight into the employment and study patterns of leavers three and a half years into their careers.

The publication includes data about leavers' activities and their satisfaction with their careers to date.

Data is linked to our Student record and early Destinations survey (DLHE). This allows analysis of activities by attributes such as sex, subject of study and qualification obtained and by activity reported in the DLHE survey.

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Higher Education Statistics for the UK serves as a quick reference guide to high-level data on all aspects of higher education in the UK.

Higher Education Statistics for the UK includes data collected by HESA (published since 2015/16 as open data) with additional data from the OECD and SLC which is published under copyright. Prior to 2016/17, Higher Education Statistics for the UK was a National Statistics product.

2016/17 release

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Students and qualifiers data Included as part of our HE Student Data pages
Staff data Contents Download all tables
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Finance data Contents Download all tables
ONS data See ONS website: UK employment with higher education or post-graduate qualifications, UK, 2017
Destinations data Contents Download all tables

2015/16 release

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The UK Performance Indicators for Research Output were published from 2002/03 to 2012/13. The indicators show the numbers of PhDs awarded and amount of research grants and contracts obtained, relative to the academic staff costs of an HE provider and relative to the funding council allocation of quality related (QR) research funds to that HE provider.

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