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Our publications provide detailed data and analysis about the activities of universities, colleges and specialist providers of higher education (HE) in the UK.

We have been publishing HE information since 1994 and many of our historical publications are now freely available on this page under a Creative Commons licence. Our paid for publications can also be purchased via the links below.

If you have any queries about our publications, please get in touch.

Students in Higher Education

This product contains detailed analysis of the student dataset that we collect. This includes 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.

Data available to purchase

Year Price (Inc. VAT) Introduction (free to read) Details and purchase
2015/16 £73.80 Introduction Find out more and purchase
2014/15 £73.80 Introduction Find out more and purchase
2013/14 £72 Introduction Find out more and purchase
2012/13 £66 Introduction Find out more and purchase

Free publications available to download

Year Contents Introduction Free download
2011/12 Contents Introduction Download
2010/11 Contents Introduction Download
2009/10 Contents Introduction Download
2008/09 Contents Introduction Download
2007/08 Contents Introduction Download
2006/07 Contents Introduction Download
2005/06 Contents Introduction Download
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2001/02 Contents Introduction Download
2000/01 Contents Introduction Download
1999/00 Contents   Download
1998/99 Contents   Download
1997/98 Contents   Download
1996/97 Contents   Download
1995/96 Contents   Download
1994/95 Contents   Download
Staff in Higher Education

Staff in Higher Education concentrates on academic and non-academic staff data from UK higher education providers.

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.

Data available to purchase

Year Price (inc. VAT) Introduction (free to read) Details and purchase
2015/16 £61.20 Introduction Find out more and purchase
2014/15 £61.20 Introduction Find out more and purchase
2013/14 £60 Introduction Find out more and purchase
2012/13 £54 Introduction Find out more and purchase

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Year Contents Introduction Free download
2011/12 Contents Introduction Download
2010/11 Contents Introduction Download
2009/10 Contents Introduction Download
2008/09 Contents Introduction Download
2007/08 Contents Introduction Download
2006/07 Contents Introduction Download
2005/06 Contents Introduction Download
2004/05 Contents Introduction Download
2003/04 Contents Introduction Download
2002/03 Contents Introduction Download
2001/02 Contents Introduction Download
2000/01 Contents Introduction Download
1999/00 Contents   Download
1998/99 Contents   Download
1997/98 Contents   Download
1996/97 Contents   Download
1995/96 Contents   Download
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Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education

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

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

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.

Data available to purchase

Year Price (inc. VAT) Introduction (free to read) Details and purchase
2015/16 £73.80   Find out more and pre-order
2014/15 £73.80 Introduction Find out more and purchase
2013/14 £72 Introduction Find out more and purchase
2012/13 £66 Introduction Find out more and purchase

Free publications available to download

Year Contents Introduction Free download
2011/12 Contents Introduction Download
2010/11 Contents Introduction Download
2009/10 Contents Introduction Download
2008/09 Contents Introduction Download
2007/08 Contents Introduction Download
2006/07 Contents Introduction Download
2005/06 Contents Introduction Download
2004/05 Contents Introduction Download
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1998/99 Contents   Download
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1996/97 Contents   Download
1995/96 Contents   Download
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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.

Free publications available to download

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2008/09 Contents Introduction Download
2006/07 Contents Introduction Download
2004/05 Contents   Download
2002/03 Contents   Download
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.

The product is published in conjunction with the Government Statistical Service and is a National Statistics product. A wide variety of data is presented from all of our data streams and other organisations' streams. Much of this data is shown at sector level.

Data from the Student Loans Company on student support provision and information on participation and graduate rates for 30 countries sourced from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and data from the Labour Force Survey are included.

2015/16 - Open data

Higher Education Statistics for the UK includes data collected by HESA which we are now publishing as open data, along with additional data from the OECD and SLC which is published under copyright. Our move to open data follows a recent consultation and is part of our commitment to make our data more usable and accessible across the sector and beyond.

We'll publish the volume in separate batches over the course of the year, to coincide with our main publication releases. 

If you would like more detailed analysis on students, graduates, staff and finances, you should check out our publication bundle.

Release Contents Introduction Direct download
Student and qualifiers data Contents Introduction Download all tables
Staff data Contents Introduction Download all tables
SLC and OECD data Contents   Download all tables
Finance data Contents Introduction Download all tables
ONS data Contents   Download all tables
Destinations data      

Data available to purchase

Year Price (inc. VAT) Introduction (free to read) Details and purchase
2014/15 £49.20 Introduction Find out more and purchase
2013/14 £48.00 Introduction Find out more and purchase
2012/13 £45.60 Introduction Find out more and purchase

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2011/12 Contents Introduction Download
2010/11 Contents Introduction Download
2009/10 Contents Introduction Download
2008/09 Contents   Download
2007/08 Contents   Download
2006/07 Contents   Download
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1999/00 Contents   Download
1998/99 Contents   Download
1997/98 Contents   Download
1996/97 Contents   Download
1995/96 Contents   Download
1994/95 Contents   Download
Finances of Higher Education Providers

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.

Data available to purchase

Year Price (inc. VAT) Introduction (free to read) Details and purchase
2015/16 £49.20 Introduction Find out more and purchase
2014/15 £49.20 Introduction Find out more and purchase
2013/14 £48 Introduction Find out more and purchase
2012/13 £42 Introduction Find out more and purchase

Free publications available to download

Year Contents Introduction Free download
2011/12 Contents Introduction Download
2010/11 Contents Introduction Download
2009/10 Contents Introduction Download
2008/09 Contents Introduction Download
2007/08 Contents Introduction Download
2006/07 Contents Introduction Download
2005/06 Contents Introduction Download
2004/05 Contents Introduction Download
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2002/03 Contents Introduction Download
2001/02 Contents Introduction Download
2000/01 Contents Introduction Download
1999/00 Contents   Download
1998/99 Contents   Download
1997/98 Contents   Download
1996/97 Contents   Download
1995/96 Contents   Download
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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 and the wider community. Such interactions include spin offs and start-up companies, intellectual property, consultancy, CPD, public engagement, and more.

2015/16 - Open data

Our HE Business and Community Interaction publication is now released as open data, as part of our Open Data Strategy.

Year Contents Direct download
2015/16 Contents

Download all Part A tables

Download all Part B tables

Data available to purchase

Higher education providers whose data is included within this product will qualify for a discounted 'HE provider price'.

Year Price (inc. VAT) Details and purchase
2014/15 £307.80 Find out more and purchase
2013/14 £300 Find out more and purchase
2012/13 £270 Find out more and purchase

Free publications available to download

Year Contents Introduction Free download
2011/12 Contents   Download
2010/11 Contents   Download
2009/10 Contents   Download
2008/09 (part of Resources publication) Contents Introduction Download
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

Free publications available to download

Year Details Download
2015/16 Details Download
2014/15 Details Download
2013/14 Details Download
2012/13 Details Download
2011/12 Details Download
2010/11 Details Download
2009/10 Details Download
2008/09 (data collected by IPD and supplied by HEFCE)   Download
HE Finance Plus

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.

Higher education providers whose data is included within this product will qualify for a discounted 'HE provider price'.

Data available to purchase

Year Price (inc. VAT) Details and purchase
2015/16 £399.60 Find out more and purchase
2014/15 £399.60 Find out more and purchase
2013/14 £390 Find out more and purchase
2012/13 £354 Find out more and purchase
2011/12 £354 Find out more and purchase
2010/11 £354 Find out more and purchase
2009/10 £354 Find out more and purchase
2008/09 £336 Find out more and purchase
2007/08 £336 Find out more and purchase
2006/07 £300 Find out more and purchase
2005/06 £300 Find out more and purchase
2004/05 £300 Find out more and purchase
2003/04 £300 Find out more and purchase
2002/03 £300 Find out more and purchase
2001/02 £300 Find out more and purchase
2000/01 £300 Find out more and purchase
1999/00 £300 Find out more and purchase
1998/99 £300 Find out more and purchase
1997/98 £300 Find out more and purchase
1996/97 £300 Find out more and purchase
1995/96 £300 Find out more and purchase
HE Planning Plus

HE Planning Plus contains data relating to students, academic staff and finance. Data includes student numbers by subject, level of study and age, and academic staff by cost centre and academic employment function.

This product is only available for HE provider planning and research purposes.

Terms and Conditions of Use

You are able to purchase Planning Plus online, subject to you agreeing to the Terms and Conditions of Use which will appear when you proceed to checkout.

Higher education providers whose data is included within this product will qualify for a discounted 'HE provider price'.

Data available to purchase

Year Price (inc. VAT) Details and purchase
2016 £399.60 Find out more and purchase
2015 £390 Find out more and purchase
2014 £354 Find out more and purchase
2013 £354 Find out more and purchase
2012 £354 Find out more and purchase
2011 £354 Find out more and purchase
2010 £336 Find out more and purchase
2009 £336 Find out more and purchase
2008 £300 Find out more and purchase
2007 £300 Find out more and purchase
2006 £300 Find out more and purchase
2005 £300 Find out more and purchase
2004 £300 Find out more and purchase
2003 £300 Find out more and purchase
2002 £300 Find out more and purchase
2001 £300 Find out more and purchase
2000 £300 Find out more and purchase
1999 £300 Find out more and purchase
1998 £300 Find out more and purchase

Looking for a comprehensive overview of the HE sector?

Buy our StudentsStaffFinances, and Destinations publications for the special bundle discount price of £198.00.

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