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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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What does this data show?

It shows the home, study and employment location of first degree students at the level of local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) and the flows between these areas.

The tool is presented across three 'dashboards' which display maps of England that:

  • show the movement of students between their home and study locations
  • show the movement of students between their study and work locations
  • give a summary of the mobility of students who grew up in a LEP or region.

A national average is presented alongside the local data.

The national picture

Almost two-thirds of students move away to study for an undergraduate degree. However, almost half of these subsequently move home after their graduation.

Students who study in their home area are highly likely to remain there for work after graduation.

Across all students:

  • 30% stay in their home LEP for both study and for employment
  • 30% move to a different LEP for study, but then return to their home LEP for employment
  • 33% leave the LEP to study and do not return
  • 6% stay in their home LEP for study, but then move away for employment.

About the data

The data is for first degree students who studied higher education in the years 2010-11 to 2014-15 inclusive. It is from the HESA Student Record, the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data and the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE).

The HESA and ILR records contain the population of all first degree students, while the DLHE survey is sent to leavers of higher education six months after they complete their course. The home location and the study location of the student come from the HESA and ILR data. The employment postcode of graduates is taken from the DLHE survey.

Further details on the data can be found in the technical document below.

Page last updated 28 September 2017