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HESA has been publishing HE information since 1994. Our publications provide detailed 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 and first releases

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'. 

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Students in Higher Education

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The Higher Education Student Data open data release includes detailed analysis of the student datasets for the academic years 2014/15 to 2017/18:

Higher Education Student Data - 2014/15 to 2017/18

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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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Widening participation: UK Performance Indicators

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UK Performance Indicators for 2016/17 and 2017/18 are presented as interactive Google tables. The 2017/18 release includes 2016/17 data accessible by a filter button on each table.

Widening participation: UK Performance Indicators 2016/17 to 2017/18

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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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Non-continuation: UK Performance Indicators

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UK Performance Indicators for 2016/17 and 2017/18 are presented as interactive Google tables. The 2017/18 release includes 2016/17 data accessible by a filter button on each table.

Widening participation: UK Performance Indicators 2016/17 to 2017/18

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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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Staff in Higher Education

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The Higher Education Staff Data open data release includes detailed analysis of the personal and contract characteristics of staff for the academic year 2014/15 to 2017/18:

Higher Education Staff Data - 2014/15 to 2017/18

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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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Finances of Higher Education Providers

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The HE Provider Data: Finance open data release includes the entire HESA Finance record for 2017/18:

HE Provider Data: Finance

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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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HE Finance Plus

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The HE Provider Data: Finance open data release includes the entire HESA Finance record for 2017/18:

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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HE - Business and Community Interaction

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 for the academic years 2014/15 to 2017/18:

HE Provider Data: Business and Community Interaction - 2014/15 to 2017/18

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Estates Management

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 for the academic years 2015/16 to 2017/18:

HE Provider Data: Estates Management - 2015/16 to 2017/18

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Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education

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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Employment of Leavers: UK Performance Indicators

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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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Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Longitudinal Survey

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

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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Student and qualifiers data Contents Introduction Download all tables
Staff data Contents Introduction Download all tables
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Finance data Contents Introduction Download all tables
ONS data Contents   Download all tables
Destinations data Contents Introduction Download all tables

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Research output: UK Performance Indicators

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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