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Accessing higher education sector data

Overview of HESA data returns and how to access Heidi Plus.

HESA data

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) collects, processes and publishes data about Higher Education in the UK. The data is provided to government and funding bodies and is also used by a range of organisations, including league table compilers.

Data are reported to HESA in a number of discrete returns:

  • Student record

  • Staff record

  • Finance record

  • Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE)

  • DLHE longitudinal survey

  • Aggregate offshore record

  • HE business and community interaction survey

  • Estates management record

  • Institution profile record

  • Key information set

Heidi Plus

HESA data are made available to institutions via Heidi Plus, a business intelligence tool for the Higher Education sector. This data can be used to evaluate the University’s performance and inform decision making. Please contact Graham Brooks for more information about the data available and access to Heidi Plus.


If you have any questions, please contact us.

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