HESA (the Higher Education Statictics Agency) has published the specification of student data to be returned by higher education providers from the 2019/20 academic year.
The Data Futures programme, which was launched with a consultation in 2015, aims to update the way that HE providers and data collectors work with data. The specification includes a breakdown of the key concepts that underpin the new Data Futures approach as well as a glossary of terms that HESA have compiled to be used alongside the new Coding manual (Data Futures) to clarify unfamiliar terms.
The specification also sets out the details of what, when, and how data will have to be submitted to HESA, giving submitters and users of HESA data a chance to assess the impact of the changes. The new specification combines three previous HESA data returns into one, and will support in-year data collection rather than collecting all data at the end of the academic year.
14 universities, colleges and alternative providers have volunteered to take part in an Alpha pilot test of the HESA Data Platform, starting in April 2018. To ease the impact of changes on HE providers HESA are planning a phased transition to the new system with more details to be announced on 2 November.
Rob Phillpotts, Programme Director of Data Futures, said:
“The Data Futures programme marks a major change in the way providers and collectors work with data. I’m delighted to announce the launch of version 1.0.0 of the HESA Student Record coding manual for 2019/20 academic year. We appreciate the magnitude of the task ahead and all the hard work to date in shaping and challenging the design of the new data specification. We have been consulting across the sector to develop our blue-print for in-year data collection and we’re grateful for the significant engagement of HE providers and data users.”
You can read Rob’s blog on the launch of the specification here.
- On 18th October 2017