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  • Introducing the Collection Design Project

    Alex Leigh

    Alex Leigh


    We'll be using our site to explain, discuss and invite challenge on our emerging approach to data collection and onward use. This will include draft schedules and specifications, open questions, review points and frequently asked questions.

  • Our new website: The next phase of our evolution

    Paul Clark

    Paul Clark

    Chief Executive

    We believe that our new site represents a significant step forward in making our services easier to access and use, making data and analysis on the UK higher education sector easier to find, and improving understanding of how HESA benefits all organisations with an interest in UK higher education

  • Our new website: An introduction for submitting providers

    Hannah Cramer

    Hannah Cramer

    Data Policy & Governance Analyst

    We know that many of you are working on open collections and we have attempted to minimise disruption as much as possible. We have aimed to migrate existing content and functionality, while creating a more accessible and responsive site with a robust navigation structure to make content easier to find.

  • Foreword - Higher Education Statistics 2014/15

    The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) is pleased to present the annual official statistical overview of higher education in the United Kingdom (UK) for the year 2014/15. This is the latest edition in a series that was initiated in 1993. It is a National Statistics publication.

    The publication aims to present a comprehensive set of statistical information about a range of aspects of the UK higher education sector.

  • Overview of the academic year 2014/15

    Press Officer

    Headline statistics: 2,266,075 HE students at HE providers, plus 189,635 HE students at FE colleges and 50,245 on designated courses at Alternative Providers; 56% of HE students are female; 45% of students studied science subjects. The most popular subject area was business & administrative studies which was studied by 14% of students.

  • What 2014/15 graduates did next

    Press Officer

    76% of all survey respondents were in employment. Of these employed leavers 59% were on permanent or open-ended contracts while 25% were on fixed-term contracts. 4% of employed leavers were self-employed, 3% were on zero-hours contracts, 2% on internships, and 1% were starting up their own business.

  • The art of collaboration to provide a better service for UK higher education

    The M5 Group

    HESA, Jisc, QAA

    As the UK higher education system goes through its biggest overhaul in 20 years, together with cost cutting targets becoming the norm, partnerships and collaborations are more important than ever before.

  • Building a future for graduate destinations

    Rachel Hewitt

    Rachel Hewitt

    Data Policy & Governance Manager

    In the words of Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln: ‘Behind every data point in HE data is an individual graduate’. This was the central message behind all the discussions at Wonkhe and HESA’s collaborative event on the future of DLHE, held on 4 July.

  • UK Performance Indicators in Higher Education 2014/15: Employment of leavers

    Press Officer

    The statistics are based on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey which asked leavers from higher education in 2014/15 what they were doing six months after graduation.

    Overall, 93.9% of UK domicile full-time first degree leavers were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating.

  • Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education in the United Kingdom for the academic year 2014/15

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    Statistical First Release

    This SFR provides details of the destinations of UK and other European Union domiciled leavers from higher education (HE) who obtained qualifications in HEPs in the UK, during the academic year 2014/15. The data presented draws on the 2014/15 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey and presents time series analysis relating back to 2011/12 when the revised DLHE survey was introduced.