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HESA provider metadata

The umbrella terms higher education provider (HE provider) and provider are used to describe the organisations from which HESA collects data.

Providers that submit data by collection

HESA maintains and publishes information detailing which providers submit data for each collection included in HESA publications:

Providers submitting data to HESA collections

All providers that have ever submitted to HESA

A list of all providers and former providers that have ever submitted data to HESA since 1994:

All HESA providers

Changes and Mergers

HESA also keeps a record of name changes, mergers and demergers among providers. This page includes information about providers added or removed from HESA collections over time:

Provider changes and mergers

University of London

This page lists institutions which are part of the University of London confederation of colleges but which are shown separately in HESA's Official Statistics publications. This page also lists the institutes included in the umbrella group ‘University of London (Institutes and activities)’:

University of London colleges


Provider metadata is provided as html tables displayed directly on the web pages and in machine readable files published as part of the commitment HESA has to providing 'open data'. This is intended to aid analysis of HESA's Official Statistics published data.

Please note:

  • These pages and downloads include the UK Provider Reference Number (UKPRN) allocated to providers by the UK Register of Learning Providers.
  • Where a provider has not been assigned a UKPRN (for example, in the case of some medical schools which are part of a university but which submit data separately for some collections) HESA create a dummy UKPRN. These dummy UKPRNs all have 9999 as their first four digits.
  • Providers included in older HESA data before the introduction of the UKPRN may not have a UKPRN or a dummy UKPRN.