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  • HESA response to the Bell review of HE sector agencies

    Press Officer

    The Review of Sector Agencies carried out by Universities UK and GuildHE acknowledges the importance of reliable data in providing assurance and accountability to stakeholders, and the valuable role that HESA plays in providing this.

  • Alternative Providers: Reviewing the collection

    Hannah Cramer

    Hannah Cramer

    Data Policy & Governance Analyst

    Just under 100 Alternative Providers submitted their AP Student return for the 2015/16 reporting year. We recently asked those submitting Alternative Providers to complete a post-collection survey so that we could hear your feedback and better understand how the process was from your perspective. This blog explores some of the responses.

  • Staff at higher education providers in the United Kingdom 2015/16

    Statistical First Release

    The first release of staff data for the academic year 2015/16 shows that 410,130 staff were employed in the HE sector of whom 201,380 (49%) were academic staff. 17% of academic staff were EU nationals and 12% had a non-EU nationality. 24% of professors were female.

  • A NewDLHE Update: Capturing the future of graduate outcomes

    Dan Cook

    Dan Cook

    Head of Data Policy & Development

    Facilitating the effective transition of students into the labour market is one of the top policy priorities in higher education at the moment. To support this, we are currently spearheading a major review of the data we collect around graduate destinations – the NewDLHE review.

  • What's happening in your region?

    Joe Macari-Information Analyst

    Joe Macari

    Information Analyst

    Local skills, enterprise and services strategies are high on the agendas of local planners and HE decision-makers. Understanding the migration of students and graduates into and out of a geographical area plays a big part. The interactive charts in this blogpost offer valuable regional insights. See what’s happening in your region and benchmark this against other UK regions.

  • Higher education student enrolments and qualifications obtained at higher education providers in the United Kingdom 2015/16

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    Statistical First Release

    The first release of student data for the academic year 2015/16 shows that 2,280,830 students were enrolled at HE providers in 2015/16, an increase of 0.7% on last year's figure. The number of first year students from outside the EU fell for the second year in a row. 742,730 HE qualifications were awarded and 24% of first degree graduates gained a first class honours classification.

  • Collection Design V2: thank you from the Collection Design team

    Alex Leigh

    Alex Leigh


    Collection Design Project version 2: a massive thank you to everyone who has submitted responses to this stage of the consultation.

  • Reflections on open data – your response to our strategy

    Jonathan Waller, Director of Information & Analysis

    Jonathan Waller

    Director of Information & Analysis

    Today we publish our summary report of responses from our first consultation on open data. It’s been extremely helpful for us to be able to obtain the views of a wide range of our data suppliers, data users and open data advocates from across the HE sector and further afield.

  • Data Futures software suppliers day

    Andy Youell

    Director of Data Policy & Governance

    I have spent much of the past year speaking with HE providers about the Data Futures programme. The question I get asked more than any other is ‘are you speaking to the software suppliers?’

  • What's next for NewDLHE?

    Rachel Hewitt

    Rachel Hewitt

    Data Policy & Governance Manager

    What’s next for NewDLHE? Back in September, we published the high-level consultation responses, and between us we have now officially read every response to every question – an impressive feat with 200+ responses to 128 questions. We’ve been using your detailed feedback to create the survey design for the replacement to DLHE.