HESA’s core mission is to support the advancement of higher education across all nations of the UK through the data it collects, assures and disseminates. We undertake research to advance public knowledge and understanding of UK higher education, and to improve our own outputs in the public interest.
Quality matters: The Census and HESA Widening Participation data
Using Census statistics to assess the quality of HESA's parental education and socio-economic classification data.
The return to a degree: New evidence based on the birth cohort studies and the Labour Force Survey
Graduates born in 1990 earned 11% more than non-graduates at age 26, compared to the 19% graduate premium enjoyed by graduates born in 1970.
Year 0: A foundation for widening participation?
Foundation years could be a useful way to help disadvantaged mature learners return to study.
Research Update: Part-time data analysis from HESA and CFE Research
Part-time provision for UK undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Getting rich quick: Is studying economics the key to a high salary?
There is an earnings premium for being based in London’s financial centre, where a considerable proportion of qualified economists work.