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Upcoming data releases

We publish a range of data releases each year, covering all aspects of higher education.

This page lists planned releases for the next six months. We will confirm the exact date of release at least 4 weeks before publication. If it is necessary to change a publication date, we will update this webpage accordingly. For published statistics please see Open data and official statistics and News and insight. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

COVID-19 and the production of statistics
Some of our publication dates have been delayed due to disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Please expand this box for a statement approved by the Government Statistical Service.

Due to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) we anticipate that there might be some changes in terms of our regular statistical production. The current disruption to the UK could affect the publishing schedule for some of our statistics. In some cases, the production of some data series may need to be suspended or delayed.

Decisions will be made on a case by case basis, taking into account what information is currently relevant given the situation, with the three pillars of the Code of Practice for Statistics (Trustworthiness, Quality and Value) guiding our decisions. Giving everyone access to statistics at the same time remains a fundamental principle of the Code, but where this cannot be maintained we will be open and transparent about this and any other potential effects on our statistics. These decisions will be underpinned by the Office for Statistics Regulation’s guidance on Changes to statistical outputs during the coronavirus outbreak.

We remain committed to providing the best and most accurate information we can and we will keep you informed as developments unfold.

open-data  All releases listed below are published as open data under the Creative Commons CC-BY-4.0 licence unless otherwise specified.

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  • Unistats Dataset, 2020/21

    Official Statistics

    28 October 2020

    First release of the 2020/21 Unistats Dataset. Background data for Discover Uni - the official website for comparing UK higher education course data. This dataset will be updated weekly.

    This data will be published on Wednesday 28 October.

    This edition of the data set has been subject to some significant changes to definitions from previous years and includes data from the new Graduate Outcomes survey for the first time. These changes are complex and we have identified a number of quality issues which have taken longer than expected to resolve. It is very important that these quality issues are fully resolved before publishing the dataset to ensure that the release complies with the high standards set for HESA’s statistical products. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the delayed publication of this dataset.

  • Higher Education Provider Data: Finance (update)

    Official Statistics

    5 November 2020

    Update to Higher Education Provider Data: Finance to include English providers with financial year end dates between August 2019 and December 2019.

  • Higher Education Student Statistics: UK, 2019/20

    National Statistics logo

    Statistical Bulletin

    January 2021

    Details of student enrolments and qualifications obtained by higher education (HE) students at HE providers in the UK for the academic year 2019/20.

  • Higher Education Staff Statistics: UK, 2019/20

    Statistical Bulletin

    January 2021

    Details of staff employed at HE providers in the United Kingdom (UK) for the academic year 2019/20.

  • Higher Education Student Statistics: UK, 2019/20 (supplement)

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    Statistical Bulletin

    January 2021

    Supplement to Higher Education Student Statistics: UK, 2019/20 to include HE providers from the Student Alternative record 2019/20.

  • Higher Education Student Data

    Official Statistics

    February 2021

    Detailed open data tables of student statistics updated with 2019/20 data.

  • UK Performance Indicators: Widening Participation

    UK Performance Indicators

    February 2021

    The proportion of UK domicile entrants: from state schools or colleges; from low-participation neighbourhoods; in receipt of DSA - at national level and by HE provider.

  • Higher Education Staff Data

    Official Statistics

    February 2021

    Detailed open data tables of staff demographic and contract characteristics updated with 2019/20 data.

  • UK Performance Indicators: Non-continuation

    UK Performance Indicators

    February 2021

    The proportion of UK domiciled undergraduate entrants who do not continue into their second year - at national level and by HE provider.

  • UK Performance Indicators: Graduate outcomes, 2017/18

    UK Performance Indicators

    Experimental statistics - HE provider level statistics comparing each provider against its individual benchmark.

    The publication of UK Performance Indicators: Graduate outcomes, 2017/18 which was previously scheduled for May was significantly delayed due to the implications of the COVID-19 restrictions. Development work for this release has now recommenced and we are expecting a publication date early in 2021. More detail on this timing will be announced once this has been confirmed.