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Data Futures collection specification - what you need to know

Work on the HESA Data Platform (HDP) continues, as do many aspects of the Data Futures programme in the dynamic policy environment of the HE sector. Flexibility to accommodate the requirements of Statutory Customers and adapt to a changing statutory environment have been fundamental to the way in which the data model has been structured.

Data Futures business requirements

The first year of implementation of the Student – Data Futures coding manual will be as an annual retrospective in academic year 2022/23. The full in-year implementation will take place during academic year 2023/2024.

More details regarding the implementation schedule and phases of the Data Futures programme, such as the Alpha and Beta phases will be released in the near future.

In the development of the Student – Data Futures coding manual we have endeavoured to further align terminology and definitions with other HESA collections, to enhance data governance standards across all collections.

How we have structured the model

When looking at the structure and considering the impact of the data model, it is important to consider all the elements, including the guidance which is not included on the diagram.

Examples exist where the detail of the guidance impact the way or timeframe in which data should be collected, or where although numerous fields within an entity have not changed, fundamental changes have been made to that entity. For this reason, both the fields and the entities have been coloured according to the following code.

Orange The field/concept still exists, but has changed place in the model.
Red The field/concept has fundamentally changed.
Blue Field/concept is new in Data Futures.

Data Model diagram