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  • NewDLHE consultation: The future of graduate outcomes data

    Dan Cook

    Dan Cook

    Head of Data Policy & Development

    We are consulting on our new model for collecting information about what higher education (HE) students do after graduating (deadline for responses: 7 April).

  • Civica chosen for HESA Data Futures programme

    Press Officer

    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.

  • Income and expenditure of higher education providers in 2015/16

    Press Officer

    Total income for the UK HE sector was £34.7 billion in 2015/16. Income from tuition fees was £16.8 billion representing 48.4% of total income. The sector's total expenditure was £33.0 billion, of which £18.0 billion (54.6%) was spent on staff costs.

  • The dawning of NewDLHE: An update on progress

    Rachel Hewitt

    Rachel Hewitt

    Data Policy & Governance Manager

    For the last 18 months, we have been conducting a major review of the data we collect about the outcomes of graduates. We are pleased to announce that we will be publishing our final design on Monday 6 March. Here, we provide some updates on the project.

  • Departmental demographics of academic staff

    Press Officer

    In 2015/16 Engineering & technology departments had both the highest proportion of non-UK nationality academic staff and the lowest proportion of female academic staff. Education departments conversely employed the lowest proportion of non-UK nationals and the highest proportion of women.
    Staff in Higher Education 2015/16 and Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom 2015/16 provide data on HE staff broken down by demographic and contract characteristics.

  • Say hello to our new open data champions

    Jonathan Waller, Director of Information & Analysis

    Jonathan Waller

    Director of Information & Analysis

    Our new open data champions will lead the way in widening access to our datasets. They’ll work closely with you, as 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. 

  • Degree Apprenticeships: Supporting the changing landscape

    Ruth Underwood

    Ruth Underwood

    Data Policy & Governance Analyst

    Degree Apprenticeships are set to grow substantially in the next few years. We have been working to streamline the process of submitting apprenticeship student data in order to reduce the burden on HE providers.

  • Final version of the Collection Design Project

    Press Officer

    The final version of the Collection Design Project, Version 3, has now been published at

    After this phase the model will move into the Detailed Design Phase of the Data Futures programme.

  • Changes and trends in the student population

    Press Officer

    Proportions of science students and disabled students rise, while proportions of older and part-time students fall. HESA publications Students in Higher Education 2015/16 and Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom 2015/16 provide information on personal characteristics and study activities of students in the UK.

  • Higher education undergraduate student enrolments and qualifications obtained at alternative providers in England 2015/16

    Statistical First Release

    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.