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Data Futures consultation

HESA launches sector consultation on the future of HE data

Data Futures Consultation

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) is today (Monday 28 September 2015) launching a consultation on its vision for a modernised and more efficient approach to UK HE data. The Data Futures consultation seeks the views of UK higher education providers on our plans to transform the collection, processing and analysis of data in the sector.

We are proposing to begin a fundamental redesign of our current systems, aimed at delivering significant efficiencies for HE providers through the rationalisation of the returns process, faster data processing times, and the collection and delivery of data in-year. We have been developing our Data Futures vision since the start of this year, meeting with stakeholders across the sector and working with consultants KPMG to develop an outline business case for the changes, which would initially focus on student data.

Paul Clark, HESA’s Chief Executive said: “The UK’s collection and use of HE data is valued by the sector and respected around the world, but the context in which we operate is rapidly becoming more complex and the system used to collect data is no longer fit for purpose.

“HESA wants to create more relevant, reliable, comprehensive and timely information about higher education for the benefit of the sector. But we want to know that providers support our vision for change so that we can go forward to develop plans for implementation.”

The consultation documents and more information about the Data Futures programme are available to view on our website. The consultation will close on 18 December 2015.

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 the Data Futures Programme

The HESA Data Futures programme continues the work previously carried out under the ‘CACHED’ name.

Read more about the Data Futures programme.

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