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.
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.
HESA's open data champions
Our open data champions, Izzy Budd and Hannah Cramer, lead the way in widening access to our datasets. They’ll work closely with sector colleagues, to refine and implement agreed plans. And as these plans are rolled out, they’ll support you to make the most of our data in its new open format. You can contact them on [email protected]
What we're doing now
New open data communication channels are being used to keep you updated and gain your feedback at important points. Your responses to our recent consultation are informing their decisions, and we aim to publish concrete plans in May this year. Conversations with the Open Data Institute (we've also become a member) and others are happening too.
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.
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 (www.hesa.ac.uk)
The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Longitudinal survey captures information about the activities and perspectives of graduates three and a half years after they completed their studies. Our report analyses the 107,340 responses we received to the winter 2016/17 survey which contacted 2012/13 leavers.Open data licence: CC-BY-2.0
Higher Education Statistics for the UK serves as a quick reference guide to high-level data on all aspects of higher education in the UK. This volume is published in a number of releases produced over the year. Data about the destinations of leavers was added on 20 July 2017.
Destinations of undergraduate leavers from higher education at alternative providers in England 2015/16
The first publication of graduate destinations data from alternative providers shows: 75% of first degree leavers from alternative providers (APs) were in work; 72% of foundation degree leavers were in further study; 11% of HND/HNC leavers were unemployed.
The UK Performance Indicators show the proportion of undergraduate leavers from each HE provider who were working or studying six months after graduation, based on the Destinations of Leavers from HE survey.
The first release of data on the destinations of leavers for the academic year 2015/16 shows that 15% of leavers were in further study in 2015/16, an increase from 13% in last year’s figures. Of full-time first degree leavers, 65% were employed in the UK, of whom 71% were in posts classified as professional employment. Of UK domiciled first degree leavers in full-time UK paid work the median salary was higher for males than for females.
Our estates publication includes environmental information for UK higher education providers. The free tables include information on providers' grounds and buildings, water and energy usage, waste management, transport and other environmental measurements.Free
Our Higher Education Business and Community Interaction publication provides a detailed picture of interactions between UK higher education providers and businesses and the wider community. Such interactions include spin offs and start-up companies, intellectual property, consultancy, CPD, public engagement, and more.
This UK Performance Indicators release focuses on non-continuation rates for UK domiciled students.
Higher education undergraduate student enrolments and qualifications obtained at alternative providers in England 2015/16
This Statistical First Release (SFR) provides details of undergraduate student enrolments and qualifications obtained at APs in England that have successfully completed the designation process for the academic year 2015/16.
This UK Performance Indicators release focuses on participation rates among those from underrepresented backgrounds and those in receipt of disabled students’ allowance (DSA).