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Heidi Plus – higher education intelligence for alternative HE providers

From 1 January 2018, a dedicated service offer of the Heidi Plus higher education data exploration and visualisation tool will be available to alternative provider HESA subscribers, at no additional cost to their subscription.

For the first time, summary data from the AP Student and DLHE records will be made available in Heidi Plus along with the equivalent data sets covering all publicly-funded HE providers.  This will enable interactive benchmarking of not only similar alternative providers to your own institution, but also with all other UK providers of designated HE courses.  Whatever your data and analysis capability, Heidi Plus will give you unrivalled insight about, for example, student recruitment, widening participation, and graduate employment.

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Registering for Heidi Plus

Pre-register for Heidi Plus for alternative HE providers

We’re inviting alternative HE providers to register an interest in Heidi Plus, right now. The process to gain access to this service will then start in January 2018:

  • Step 1: application form and information security questionnaire
  • Step 2: identification of lead contacts
  • Step 3: attendance at mandatory lead contact data protection webinar
  • Step 4: signature of organisational and lead contact agreements
  • Step 5: welcome to Heidi Plus

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Case study 1: How Pearson College London uses HESA data to more
accurately benchmark KPIs against public and private sector companies

What is included in the alternative HE provider version of Heidi Plus?

All alternative HE providers who submit data to the HESA Student and DLHE records will receive summary data from these data collections, including the data of all other alternative HE providers and publicly-funded providers, via the Heidi Plus portal. The drag-and-drop software means you can easily create informative analytical insights as required by your institution, to track competitive advantage and inform priorities. This includes benchmarking, key performance indicators, organisational management, student recruitment, tracking widening participation, and marketing and business planning.

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Case study 2: How Arts Educational Schools gained insight
from the HESA Student record and DLHE survey

When will the first collections be available?

The alternative HE provider student data will be live from January 2018, followed by the alternative HE provider DLHE data in March 2018.  Both will also be part of the Heidi Plus data sets made available to all UK HE providers.

What support will be given to alternative HE providers?

To support you during the rollout of Heidi Plus for alternative HE providers and to enable your staff to make effective use of the service, join our training event ‘Heidi Plus Essentials for Alternative HE Providers’ in spring 2018. Register your interest now.

Alternative HE providers which are also HESA subscribers are invited to participate in a brand new complementary initiative by Jisc – ‘Analytics Labs for APs’. This unique continuing professional development opportunity enhances participant competencies in data analysis, while creating a range of new data dashboards specifically designed to meet the information needs of alternative HE providers. Recruitment is now open for the next Analytics Labs cycle starting on 7 February 2018.

In addition, Jisc has developed a subscription offer for HEFCE recognised alternative HE providers to give full access to the thought leadership (training, practical support, working groups, R&D projects) aspects of Jisc, as well as some technical services. Jisc has also developed more affordable access to the Janet high-speed network, just for alternative HE providers. Janet is the busiest National Education and Research Network (NREN) in Europe, annually carrying over 1.5 PBytes of information.

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Case study 3: How Ballet West gained UK-wide competitive
advantage from becoming an elective HESA subscriber

What additional HESA services are available to alternative HE providers?

From January 2018, subscribing alternative HE providers will be able to upgrade to access the full suite of HESA data sets through Heidi Plus, including staff, estates management, and finances, at a reduced rate of £1,000+VAT (for the remaining subscription year until 31 July 2018).

Why should alternative HE providers subscribe to HESA?

If you’re not already subscribing to HESA and would like to take advantage of these benefits, visit How to subscribe to HESA.

Contact our Heidi Plus team now

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