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Paul Clark to stand down as Chief Executive of HESA

After nearly seven years as Chief Executive of HESA, Paul Clark has announced that he is stepping down in February next year to take up a new position as Vice-President (Strategy) at University College London.

Under Paul’s leadership, HESA became the first organisation to be the Designated Data Body for Higher Education Information in England; designed and launched the Graduate Outcomes Survey, replacing the DLHE; and brought the complex Data Futures project on track, continuing to deliver it effectively.

Paul Clark said: “I am proud of what we have achieved in my time at HESA and it has been an honour to have served as HESA’s leader as we have sought to improve the quality, quantity, and usefulness of the information we publish to meet the needs of our wide community of stakeholders.

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“The period since I joined HESA has seen a significant amount of change in the higher education sector, as well as in the wider environment.

“During this time, we have been delivering more high-quality data on UK HE activity to our customers than ever before. That we have done so during a period of such change is a testament to the skill, expertise and commitment of HESA’s staff and I am enormously grateful to them for their hard work and dedication.

“I should also like to extend my thanks to HESA’s wider community of stakeholders for their support during my time as Chief Executive.”

Paul’s last day at HESA will be 25 February 2022, and an announcement will be made soon on interim arrangements for the leadership of HESA following Paul’s departure.


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