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  • Employment of leavers summary: UK Performance Indicators 2015/16

    UK Performance Indicators

    The UK Performance Indicators show the proportion of undergraduate leavers from each HE provider who were working or studying six months after graduation, based on the Destinations of Leavers from HE survey.

  • What does Open Data mean for HESA?

    Hannah Cramer

    Hannah Cramer

    Data Policy & Governance Analyst

    Last year saw us launch an exciting new strategy to publish much of our data as open data. Hannah Cramer, one of our Open Data Champions, provides an update on recent progress.

  • Prof. Chris Husbands to Chair HESA Board

    Press Officer

    Professor Chris Husbands, Vice Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, has been appointed Chair of the HESA board. Professor Husbands replaces Professor Simon Gaskell, Principal of Queen Mary University of London, who will be stepping down as Chair and board member on 31 July 2017.

  • Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education in the United Kingdom for the academic year 2015/16

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    Statistical First Release

    The first release of data on the destinations of leavers for the academic year 2015/16 shows that 15% of leavers were in further study in 2015/16, an increase from 13% in last year’s figures. Of full-time first degree leavers, 65% were employed in the UK, of whom 71% were in posts classified as professional employment. Of UK domiciled first degree leavers in full-time UK paid work the median salary was higher for males than for females.

  • The end of NewDLHE: Introducing Graduate Outcomes

    Rachel Hewitt

    Rachel Hewitt

    Data Policy & Governance Manager

    Today marks the end of our NewDLHE review, and the start of our implementation of the Graduate Outcomes collection. Graduate Outcomes will enable us to collect meaningful, relevant and robust data, while realising efficiencies across the higher education sector.

  • Increasing insights and the future of HESA’s destinations data

    Matt Clarke

    Matt Clarke

    Statistical Analyst

    This summer sees a wealth of valuable data released on the destinations of graduates. This data provides real evidence about the employability and progression of students at a time of increasing uncertainty. This blog provides an overview of what data is being released and how you can get the most from it.

  • Estates Management 2015/16


    Our estates publication includes environmental information for UK higher education providers. The free tables include information on providers' grounds and buildings, water and energy usage, waste management, transport and other environmental measurements.

  • Farewell to JACS, and hello to HECoS

    Andy Youell

    Director of Data Policy & Governance

    We have developed a new subject coding system to replace JACS. HECoS (the Higher Education Classification of Subjects) is more flexible than JACS, and so is better able to capture the diverse and dynamic nature of modern HE provision.

  • Expenditure in higher education 2015/16

    Press Officer

    Finances of Higher Education Providers 2015/16 publication released.

    HESA's publication summarising the finances of HE providers reveals the breakdown of the sector's £33.0 billion expenditure in 2015/16. Academic departments accounted for £12.3 billion of spending - 37% of total expenditure. Medicine, dentistry and health departments accounted for nearly a quarter of this, with £2.9 billion spend on these departments.

  • Data Futures in the Data Present: a planner’s perspective

    Guest Blogger

    Guest blogger Dr Garrick Fincham offers a planner's perspective on the challenges facing providers in the Data Futures programme.