HESA data analytics services are now delivered by Jisc.
About Tailored Datasets
Our team of highly skilled analysts have a long and successful history of producing HESA data extracts and analysis on all aspects of higher education (HE) in the UK.
Higher education providers across the UK submit HESA data annually for the following HESA collections:
Students: studying at UK higher education providers or abroad for UK provider accredited qualifications
Staff: at UK higher education providers
Estates management: management of estates at UK higher education providers including energy consumption
Graduate outcomes: a survey of students leaving higher education conducted fifteen months after graduation. This has replaced the destination of leavers from higher education (DLHE) survey and commences with the 2017/18 graduate cohort. This data is now available, please contact us for further information
Higher Education Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI): how universities interact with local businesses and community engagement
Finance: finances of UK higher education providers
Destination of leavers from higher education (DLHE): a survey of students leaving higher education conducted six months after graduation. The final survey took place in 2016/17
Destination of leavers from higher education (DLHE) long: a survey of students conducted three and a half years after graduation. The final survey took place in 2012/13
Visit the HESA collection pages for technical descriptions about the HESA data collected (please note not all the fields listed are available for purchase via Tailored Datasets due to data protection restrictions).
It collects, assures and disseminates data about higher education (HE) in the UK on behalf of statutory bodies. As the trusted source of HE data it plays a key role in supporting and enhancing the competitive strength of the sector. Collaborating with HE providers in each of the four nations to collect and curate one of the world’s leading HE data resources.
Using this knowledge and expertise HESA provides a rich, readily available resource for data users.
Insights available through Tailored Datasets
Entry tariffs and A-level points
Travel and student Flow
Equal opportunities monitoring
Academic departments and courses
FE students at HE institutions
Student continuation rates
Masters and PhD study
Provider trends and benchmarking
HE institution location
Domicile of students
Customers we support
We support a wide range of customers with their higher education research challenges including:
The education sector including providers
Students and academic researchers
Professional membership bodies
Public, statutory and regulatory bodies
Charities and not-for-profit HE sector agencies
Local, national and international governments
Government departments, agencies and public bodies
Media, research and think tanks
Professional services and management consultancies
We will help you finalise your data requirements and will advise you of any important information regarding the HESA data you have requested. Once your final Tailored Dataset specification has been agreed we produce a quotation for your approval.
As soon as you accept your quotation, you will be sent a contract to sign electronically. Upon receipt of your signed contract, your Tailored Dataset will then be extracted and quality assured in accordance with our delivery timescales.
We do not provide higher education data about student applications, student loans, student debt and limited data about tuition fees. We do not provide data about further education institution and study.
Citing HESA data when publicising Tailored Dataset analysis
HESA data should be cited with the name and year(s) of the record that is being used; e.g. if you have used student data for 2012/13 - 2017/18 this would be “HESA Student Record 2012/13 - 2017/18”, and if you have used staff data for 2014/15 this would be “HESA Staff Record 2014/15”.
How Jisc as data processor for Tailored Datasets complies with data protection
We ensure privacy and data protection compliance by only supplying the minimum amount of HESA data necessary for any research project, and only for the specified statistical and research purposes.
Part of the mechanism for complying with data protection principles is to ensure the data we are publishing, or sharing is adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary. We will therefore generally provide rounded aggregate data, and any individual-level data will be anonymised. We will not supply names and addresses.
To purchase Tailored Datasets you must comply with the licence agreement as detailed in your contract which ensures that data is only used in ways that are compatible with what we’ve told students and staff will happen with their data.
For more information about HESA Open Data and Statistical Releases please contact HESA’s official statistics team on email@example.com or 0333 015 1170.
Data that cannot be sourced via HESA Open Data can be requested via our Tailored Dataset services.
Why the HESA data you're citing could be different from your data
There are several reasons why reports based on HESA data that have been published by a different organisation might not match our publications.
We provide bespoke data on an ad hoc basis to a number of different groups/bodies, for example funding councils, institutions, local councils etc.
As the data is provided on a bespoke basis, the populations used may not be those used in our publications
There may also be additional restrictions in the data, for example a report could be looking at just full-time and sandwich students, or just first-year students etc.
Furthermore, in some of the data requests that we receive, our clients request their own specified field groupings. For example, while we have standard subject group (Subject Area and Principal Subject), clients can request these to be grouped differently so that it better suits their analysis
Jisc can attempt to match the data for you if required but will not be able to do this if there is not enough information about how the report has been created. Please note that Jisc and HESA cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived from HESA data by third parties.
If we can match the data, we will be able to update reports for you (this would be subject to standard Jisc Tailored Datasets charges). If we are unable to match the data, then as an alternative we would suggest creating a new bespoke report for you.
Tailored Datasets are priced based on the complexity of your data request, and the amount of time it will take us to produce.
On average a Tailored Dataset costs approximately £1,500, although this varies considerably depending on your exact HESA data requirements and is calculated on a bespoke basis. We also offer discounts which are explained in more detail below.
Discounts are available for students undertaking dissertations and PhDs.
Our turnaround times for standard Tailored Datasets is up to 20 days. If possible, depending on our current workload, we will endeavour to supply data earlier than the expected delivery date.
The timescales quoted include time for the data to be extracted, quality assured and then supplied in your preferred format.
The quoted delivery timeframe begins once a signed contract is returned to us, so does not include any time taken to agree the specification and quotation.
We will confirm your delivery timescales during the discussion about your Tailored Dataset request. If you have a specific deadline that you are working to, please inform our analysts as soon as possible so that we can advise if we can meet this timescale.
For customer support, or if you have any issues accessing or downloading your Tailored Datasets please contact our customer success team on 0333 015 1170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other HE data sources
You can find further information about the higher education sector from the following organisations:
For 1972 to 1993/94, Further Education Statistical Record (FESR) collected data from the former polytechnics and HE colleges – further information in this area is available from The Department for Education. In addition to this, we produced the publication 'Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom' for 1992/93, in conjunction with the Government Statistical Service. The volume for 1994/95 also includes a supplement to cover 1992/93.