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  • 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.

  • Widening participation summary: UK Performance Indicators 2015/16

    UK Performance Indicators

    This UK Performance Indicators release focuses on participation rates among those from underrepresented backgrounds and those in receipt of disabled students’ allowance (DSA).

  • Moving forward with open data - our strategy

    Jonathan Waller, Director of Information & Analysis

    Jonathan Waller

    Director of Information & Analysis

    Today we publish our Open Data Strategy 2017-2021. The strategy has been developed following a public consultation, the results of which strongly endorsed our aim to publish as much of our data as possible as open data by 2021. The strategy document details the key actions and timescales that will ensure we achieve that aim.

  • 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.