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Data Futures

Data Futures is a sector-wide transformation programme, led by HESA, with Jisc as the technical delivery partner and shaped by engagement from higher education providers.

COVID-19 Update - click to expand

Data Futures programme activity is continuing, with HESA and Jisc working closely with statutory customers to progress the programme in line with their requirements. Updates on the programme for sector contacts are planned between now and the summer. As with the data model release on 31 March, these updates will be for information only for the time being, and no action will be required by providers.

The programme will deliver in-year collection, assurance and dissemination of higher education data.

“Data Futures is a critically important project for the UK higher education sector, which will result in the transformation of the data collection and processing infrastructure and provision of timely, high-quality data for all stakeholders.”

Paul Clark, HESA CEO and Data Futures Senior Responsible Officer

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The programme

The Data Futures programme encompasses a range of activities and individual contributory projects. 

Collection specification and technical content

Information about the development of the data model and specification, including active and closed consultation items.

Coding manual (Data Futures)

Click through to access the Data Futures Coding manual.

Data Futures resources

Supporting resources have been developed to both guide you through the new process and help you to explain the process to teams and management.

Key concepts

Click through to learn about the key concepts and processes that will underpin discrete collection.

Get involved

The Data Futures programme will present multiple opportunities to get involved, provide feedback, and ask questions.

Data Futures operational updates (coding manual releases, resource updates, etc) will now be available via the HESA weekly update. If you are not a HESA operational contact, and would like to receive the weekly update each week you can opt in to receive the newsletter via our sign-up form; you can change your preferences at any time.

If you want to get in contact with someone from our Data Futures team, please email.