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Joint QAA, HESA, and Jisc new Community Dashboard is released

The latest Community Dashboard from Jisc’s Analytics Labs, via HESA’s Heidi Plus HE intelligence platform, is an HE institution quality healthcheck, from a team led by QAA.

The Provider Healthcheck presents a selection of key quality-related measures, taken from five data sources, as interactive dashboards.

Charts and graphs of a data viz dashboard

The dashboards show KPIs for quality managers at any UK HE institution to demonstrate that academic standards are being maintained.

It is now one of the 14 Community Dashboards available to all HESA and Heidi Plus subscribers. It was developed by a product owner and scrum master from QAA, with a team of seven people from five HE institutions, during a 13 week Jisc Analytics Labs cycle. Data wrangling was by Jisc, and HESA data viz experts provided the Tableau support.

The objective was to develop dashboards that would show KPIs for quality managers at any UK HE institution to demonstrate that academic standards are being maintained, and to identify any issues, at a glance, for further investigation.

Red and grey lines on 2 charts showing performance of HE providers

The metrics include:

  • The HE institution TEF rating
  • QAA measures about enhancement of and quality of learning opportunities
  • Seven measures from NSS 2017, with comparisons to all other providers
  • The overall rating from The Guardian league table, including changes over five years
  • The percentage of degrees which received a 1st or 2:1 classification over five years
  • Graduate employment performance over five years, using HESA’s Destinations of Leavers from HE data
  • Widening Participation data from HESA's UK Performance Indicators

Where relevant, the metrics can be compared to the national average and against any given provider group including pre-1992, The Russell Group, and Million Plus.

“The latest Community Dashboard offers genuine ready-made shortcuts to all UK HE institutions to assess and investigate key quality assurance measures,” said Nicola Phelps, HESA’s Head of Digital Services. “It is also the latest outcome of the M5 Group activity, where HESA, Jisc, and QAA collaborate to create operational efficiencies for the benefit of the HE sector.”

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About HESA

HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Agency) is the recognised source of data on higher education in the UK, and the designated data body for England. Its experts collect, analyse, and disseminate accurate and comprehensive statistical information on all aspects of UK higher education to support the strategic aims of its users and enhance the effectiveness of the entire sector. It is a charity and a company limited by guarantee. It operates as an independent organisation, working in close partnership with higher education providers, regulators, funders, government departments, policy makers, and other stakeholders.

About Jisc

Jisc is the UK’s expert member organisation for digital technology and digital resources in higher education, further education, skills and research. Its vision is to make the UK the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the world. It plays a pivotal role in the development, adoption and use of technology by UK universities and colleges. It supports the use of technology to improve learning, teaching, the student experience and institutional efficiency, as well as more powerful research. At the heart of Jisc’s support is Janet – the UK’s world-class National Research and Education Network (NREN). Owned, managed and operated by Jisc, Janet comprises a secure, state-of-the-art network infrastructure spanning the UK.  Jisc Press office: by email ; 020 3006 6056; Twitter

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