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Data Landscape Steering Group

The HE Data Landscape Steering Group provides oversight and leadership to the data landscape.

The group was established after the Higher Education Data & Information Improvement Programme (HEDIIP) defined a new architecture for the landscape that will reduce the burden on HE providers and improve the quality, timeliness and accessibility of data and information about HE.

The Data Landscape Steering Group pursues these objectives through the promotion of good practice in the collection and handling of data, the development and adoption of a standard data language and the rationalisation of data collections through a transformed HESA.

The group is supported by an Advisory Panel containing nominations from a broad range of providers, sector groups and HE data collectors.

Terms of reference

The HE Data Landscape Steering Group will:

  • Work to reduce the burden of data collection and improve the quality, timeliness and accessibility of information about HE
  • Oversee, and promote the use of, standard data definitions in order to reduce the burden of collections and to increase opportunities for data sharing
  • Work to rationalise the number of different data collections
  • Promote high standards in the collection and handling of data
  • Foster a stronger sense of collaboration and cooperation amongst the data collectors
  • Foster a stronger sense of collaboration and cooperation between the data collectors and the HE providers
  • Publish an annual report that measures progress against its core aims.


The members of the group are:

Name Job title Organisation
Simon Gaskell Chair  
Vikki Goddard Director of Faculty Operations (Humanities) The University of Manchester
Eileen Schofield University Secretary & Chief Operating Officer University of Stirling
Gordon Sweeney Director of Strategy & Innovation The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM)
Jane Fawkes Deputy CEO University College of Estate Management (UCEM)
Nick Leake Chief Information Officer Kings College
Giles Carden Chief of Staff & Director of Strategic Projects Lancaster University
Richard Puttock Head of Data and Management Information Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
Helen Thorne Director of External Relations UCAS
Paul Clark Chief Executive HESA
Helen Mansfield Head of Information Development (Data & Standards) Health Education England
Paul Smith Head of Partner Services Student Loans Company
Andrew Wright Executive Directorate Research Councils (RCUK)
Kirsty White Head of Planning, Research and Development General Medical Council
Kevin Mundy Director of Planning & Governance and University Secretary Bangor University
Michael Glover Director of Planning, Resource Allocation and Council Secretariat University of Oxford
Convenor - Andy Youell Director of Data Policy & Governance HESA

You can contact the secretariat for the group via email.