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Civica chosen for HESA Data Futures programme

HESA is pleased to announce that Civica will work alongside HESA on the Data Futures data collection system. Data Futures is HESA’s ambitious programme to deliver a modernised and more efficient approach to collecting data and information from more than 250 higher education providers across the UK.

The new solution, developed by Civica Digital and HESA, will provide the higher education sector with richer information and give clearer insight into student recruitment, retention and performance throughout the year. The improved data model and extended capabilities will offer users of HESA data a regular flow of accessible information through an enhanced user interface and visualisation tools.

The appointment follows a year-long procurement process during which Civica showed a clear understanding of the challenges and goals of the Data Futures programme. HESA managers were impressed by Civica’s expertise in software development and user-experience. Civica will work with the Data Futures team at HESA to develop the technology underpinning the Data Futures programme. 

Adrian Crossley, Director of Technology at HESA, said:

“Civica engaged very enthusiastically with us throughout the procurement. They put in significant effort to understand our business and to prototype some really exciting ideas, which they conveyed clearly and convincingly in their bid. I’m sure the Data Futures team are looking forward to working closely with them, initially to develop a detailed design by the end of July.”

Chris Doutney, newly appointed ‎Managing Director of Civica Digital, comments:

“Data collection, management and analysis is becoming a top priority for many organisations throughout the public sector. Our partnership with the Data Futures team at HESA will support a new collection model that will allow HESA and its customers to collect, explore and exploit their data much more quickly, delivering insight and value sooner.”

The Data Futures programme aims to deliver a new approach to data collection beginning in 2019/20:

About HESA

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) is the recognised source of data on higher education in the UK. Our experts collect, analyse, and disseminate accurate and comprehensive statistical information on all aspects of UK higher education in order to support the strategic aims of our users and enhance the effectiveness of the sector as a whole. We are a charity and a company limited by guarantee. We operate as an independent organisation, working in close partnership with higher education providers, regulators, funders, government departments, policy makers, and other stakeholders.

About Civica Digital

Civica Digital ( provides organisations which deliver essential services with complete digital solutions, from strategy consulting and solution design to software development and ongoing managed services. With in-depth business and technology know-how founded on creating secure business-critical systems, Civica's user-centred approach means we start with customer needs, putting insights, data and strategic thinking in the driving seat. Supporting 500 customers across government, public safety, health care, travel & transport, financial services and other regulated markets, Civica Digital is the trusted partner to deliver design-driven digital transformation.

About Civica Group

Civica ( is a market-leading specialist in business-critical software applications, digital solutions and outsourcing services that help teams and organisations around the world to transform the way they work. Combining exceptional customer focus, experience and commitment, Civica supplies more than 2,000 major organisations in 10 countries around the world.

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