HESA Subscription - Transitional fee
2019/20 is a transition year as it includes both ‘pre-HERA’ and ‘post-HERA’ data collections.
For August 2019 to January 2020 the subscription relates to activity under the pre-HERA statutory environment in England. It includes the 2018/19 Estates Management Record and non-academic staff in the Staff record.
Graduate Outcomes subscription
There will be no Graduate Outcomes Subscription due in this period, as the previous Graduate Outcomes Subscription covered the period December 2018 to November 2019. The next Graduate Outcomes Subscription will be invoiced in February with the second part of the main HESA subscription.
For this reason, English and Northern Irish FECs will not receive an invoice for this period.
Subscription fee methodology
In common with the existing subscription model the subscription for the period August 2019 to January 2020 will be calculated using a banded fixed fee per provider and a per-student capitation fee.
HERA requires a proportionate distribution of costs between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, therefore, to reflect the differing requirements the per-student charge will be weighted differently in each country.
In previous years the subscription rates for HESA Records have been allocated on a cost per student basis split evenly across all UK subscribers, irrespective of nation. Real costs to HESA are linked to provider numbers more closely than to than student numbers, so the cost of supporting nations with more providers are higher.
The requirements of HERA stipulate that we need to adjust our subscription rates to ensure that each nation pays for the costs associated with delivering activity in that country.
To protect the existing approach of charging providers based on student numbers, which is considered the fairest approach, the per student rate will be different for each nation:
|Nation||Per student rate
|Per student rate
(AP and Welsh FEC)
The per student rate for APs is 90% of the HEP rate, which is consistent with previous years.
In addition to the per-student rate there is a banded per-provider fee that will be same for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland:
|Student number range||Applicable HE provider band rate|
|1 - 1,000||£1,375|
|1,001 - 5,000||£1,550|
|5,001 - 10,000||£1,700|
|10,001 - 15,000||£1,850|
|15,001 - 20,000||£2,000|
|20,001 - 25,000||£2,150|
|25,001 - 30,000||£2,350|
|30,001 - 35,000||£2,500|
|35,001 - 40,000||£2,675|
These figures are calculated on 50% of the 2018/19 Subscription rates.
Aggregate Offshore record per-student fee
Providers who have offshore students, registered at their provider in the UK, and returned to HESA as a subset of the Aggregate Offshore collection will pay £0.49 per student.
The total Aggregate Offshore fee will be capped at £7,175 for the 2018/19 reporting year.
New Subscribers to HESA
New subscribers to HESA will only be required to submit to the UNISTATS collection during this transitional period. The subscription fee for new providers will be a flat fee of £1,000.
This HESA Subscription is treated as a statutory requirement and as such falls outside the scope of VAT and no VAT will be applicable to the above charges.
Details of the Heidi Plus subscription applicable at this time are on the Heidi Plus Subscription page.