The Independent HE Survey

IHE’s annual survey of the independent higher education sector

The third annual Independent Higher Education Survey is currently collecting evidence from across the independent higher education sector and the results of the survey will be launched at the Independent HE conference on the 26 November 2019.

Last year’s survey received over 100 responses, helping us to form an accurate picture of the sector at a time of significant change. Now that the Office for Students has assumed its full powers in England, this year’s survey will ask about your experience of this new regulatory environment to date and, for those of you who have registered with the OfS, invite you to report on your impressions of the new regulator and any new costs and burden associated with it. We also want to hear more about your other priorities, concerns and plans for the future.

The resulting report will be publicly available, launching at our annual conference in November, and we will use the information you provide to inform our policy positions and lobbying, as well as the services we provide to members and the wider sector. We will also share fully anonymised data with select partners such as the Office for Students, Department for Education, and other key stakeholders, to help them better understand the independent sector.

If you are an independent higher education provider and haven’t received a link to the Independent HE Survey, please contact


Survey Sponsor

This year our official survey partners are leading law firm Shakespeare Martineau.