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Open data strategy

The benefits of open data to the higher education sector are clear – improving usability and strengthening evidence-based planning for positive results. And while we're using open data to innovate with new strategies and services, we're also strengthening the UK's reputation as a leading global HE player. 

View a list of our open data publications


Our open data strategy

We're committed to publishing much of the information we hold as open data by 2021*. In fact, we've already made a start: in 2016 our Statistical First Releases and UK Performance Indicators were made open; and in 2017, most of the Higher Education in the UK 2015/16 publication is following suit. Our Open Data Strategy 2017-2021 (this version updated in July 2017 and published here since October 2017) – informed by a public consultation in the summer 2016 – sets out our plans to publish more.

Get involved

Use the data - open data means you're free to copy, use, share and adapt it for any purpose. HESA open data is published under the Creative Commons 4.0 International licence (CC BY 4.0). Look out for links to this licence and the HESA open data logo. You must give appropriate credit and link back to the license in your own work.

Get in touch - our open data champion, Izzy Budd, would love to hear about new uses of open data, ways we could improve it, and any questions you've got. Email Izzy at [email protected]

Give feedback - most of our open data releases include a link to a feedback form. Please tell us how you get on with the data and how it could be better.

Spread the news - the benefits of open data are only realised if people know it's there to use. Please tell friends and colleagues and share your research. We're always happy to retweet new uses of HESA data @ukhesa.

If you're still unsure what open data actually means, check out the Open Data Institute's explanation. 

*We know that we hold some personal and commercially sensitive information, not suitable for publication as open data. But where these restrictions don't apply, or can be mitigated, we will publish as much of our data openly as possible.

Open data releases

The following releases have been published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence. This means you can use and adapt this content for personal and commercial use, but you must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the licence and indicate if you have made changes. Appropriate credit should include our name (HESA) and web address ( 

We have also published many of our tables as machine-readable csv files. View a list of these machine-readable downloads.