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Code of practice: demand-side support

Logos of the first code of practice supporters

Early adopters have released public statements of support for the Demand-side Code of practice. This represents a commitment by major funders and regulators of UK higher education to the principles of honesty, impartiality and rigour in the collection and use of HE data.

Dr David Blaney, Chief Executive of Welsh HE funder and regulator HEFCW said:
“We support the Group’s aim to help ensure that data collection burden is kept to a minimum, all the while making sure information is robust and fit-for-purpose. We are committed to adopting the Code of Practice for data collectors, and we are developing procedures to ensure we can adhere to the principles at the earliest opportunity.”

Clare Marchant, UCAS Chief Executive said:
“UCAS is proud to partner with HESA, the Student Loans Company, and the funding councils and commit to the new demand-side Code of Practice for higher education data collectors.

“UCAS will champion the principles of honesty, impartiality and rigour that the code represents, working collaboratively across this standard model.

“The clear alignment across data principles will improve the efficiency of shared data throughout our organisations.”

Paul Smith, Head Of Partner Services at the Student Loans Company said:
"SLC supports the implementation of the Code for Practice for data collectors. We will strive to align to the code's principles, whilst recognising an essential requirement to ensure we adhere to government regulations and policy for the administration of student finance."

Richard Puttock, Head of Data, Foresight & Analysis at the Office for Students said:
“The Office for Students supports the work of the data landscape steering group and its aim to reduce the burden of data requests on universities and colleges, and we are pleased to have signed up to the new Code of Practice for data collectors.”