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Data innovation

We aim to transform the higher education data landscape. Our data also shapes policy and decision making in the sector and beyond.

Data Futures

Our Data Futures programme will transform the data collection process. Our vision is for a modernised and more efficient approach to collecting HE data.

Graduate Outcomes

Our new Graduate Outcomes collection will enhance the information we collect about the activities and perspectives of graduates.


We review our data streams to ensure that we collect and publish the right information at the right time.

Open data

The benefits of open data to the higher education sector are clear. This is why we're aiming to publish much of our data as open data over the next five years.  

Data Landscape Steering Group

We shape the HE data landscape. Our expert knowledge of the sector helps us determine current and future data requirements.

Data Landscape Steering Group Advisory Panel

The Advisory Panel exists to support the work of the Data Landscape Steering Group. It includes representatives from a large number of organisations and perspectives.

Common data language

Adopting common data definitions reduces burden within the HE sector. We develop and maintain a data architecture as well as a classification of subjects.

The HE Classification of Subjects (HECoS)

We manage the HE Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which has been developed as a replacement for the Joint Academic Coding System (JACS) and can be used by a broad range of HE-related bodies.

Inventory of HE data collections

We curate an inventory of higher education data collections. This inventory is designed to enhance understanding of the range and nature of data collections that take place.