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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 - www.hefce.ac.uk - 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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Timeline of actions

The timeline below provides an overview of what information alternative providers are expected to submit and by when on an annual basis. This is a general guide. Publications, letters and other communications will specify actual requirements and timings. Alternative providers should contact organisations directly to confirm what they need to submit. Dates for 2018 are still to be confirmed. This timeline will be updated as dates become available.

AUGUST

Date

Category

Who

Action

3 August 2017

Unistats

 

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Providers are required to have signed off a valid dataset which is suitable for publication.

Check the HESA website for further information about the Unistats return.

4 August 2017

National Student Survey (NSS)

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Institutions are able to access the public datasets on the Texunatech NSS results site.

Check the HEFCE website for further information about the 2017 NSS and publication of data.

9 August 2017

National Student Survey (NSS)

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

HEFCE website publishes 2017 NSS results. 

Check the HEFCE website for further information about the 2017 NSS and publication of data.

9 August 2017 - 23 August 2017

Unistats

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Data that has been signed off by noon on 3 August 2017 is available for preview on the Unistats website on 9 August 2017. 

Check the HESA website for further information about the Unistats return.

24 August 2017

Unistats

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Final deadline for submission and sign-off prior to publication of new dataset on Unistats. 

Check the HESA website for further information about the Unistats return.

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SEPTEMBER

Date

Category

Who

Action

4 September 2017

National Student Survey (NSS)

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Update of Unistats, including new 2017 NSS dataset. 

Check the HEFCE website for further information about the 2017 NSS and publication of data.

4 September 2017

Unistats

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Data signed off by 24 August 2017 is published on the Unistats website on 4 September 2017 for prospective students to view. 

Check the HESA website for further information about the Unistats return.

September 2017

Unistats

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

System reopens for updates.

Providers are required to make updates to the Unistats return if data regarding their courses changes. The Unistats website is updated on Wednesdays, incorporating signed-off data received by HEFCE/HESA by noon on the preceding Tuesday. 

Check the HESA website for further information about the Unistats return.

24 July 2017 - 5 September 2017

Specific Course Designation - Annual return

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation, or designation for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) only.

Deadline for submission of annual returns for course designation for 2018-19.  

Check the HEFCE website for further information about the submission of annual returns

The Specific Course Designation guidance was published on 20 July 2017. Check the Gov.uk website for further information.

29 September 2017

Unistats

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Deadline for update of widgets to reflect new course data. 

Check the HESA website for further information about the Unistats return.

Further guidance on embedding widgets can be found in the Unistats widget user guide.

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OCTOBER

Date

Category

Who

Action

6 October 2017

HESA AP Student Collection

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Deadline for submission.

Providers are required to send complete data that has passed Business stage validation.

Check the HESA website for further information about the AP Student Return.

Mid-October 2017

HEAPES return

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional course designation or providers with specific course designation who are subject to a Student Number Control (SNC). 

HEAPES guidance published. 

20 October 2017

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Control panel opens for January online survey.

Providers must register to use system.

Check the HESA website for further information about the DLHE survey.

24 October 2017

HESA AP Student Collection

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Deadline for submission.

Providers are advised to send and commit complete data that has passed exception stage validation.

Check the HESA website for further information about the AP Student Return.

24 October 2017 - 28 November 2017

HESA AP Student Collection

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Data verification begins.

This is an iterative process during which providers may need to submit, commit, review and decommit their data several times to ensure the final submission is credible.

Check the HESA website for further information about the AP Student Return.

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NOVEMBER

Date

Category

Who

Action

24 October 2017 - 28 November 2017

HESA AP Student Collection

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Data verification begins.

This is an iterative process during which providers may need to submit, commit, review and decommit their data several times to ensure the final submission is credible.

Check the HESA website for further information about the AP Student Return.

November 2017

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Providers can validate data locally using the validation kit.

The validation kit enables HE providers to test their data locally against business stage validation ahead of the main collection opening in the spring. HE providers are strongly encouraged to use the validation kit as part of their data preparations.

November 2017

Student Loans Company (SLC)

Compulsory for all alternative providers with specific course designation.

Courses are uploaded to the SLC system for the next academic year.

Providers should complete the data spreadsheets sent to them by SLC. 

8 November 2017 - 5 March 2018

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Contact period.

HE providers are required to make contact with all graduates in the January DLHE population (leavers between 1 January 2017 and 31 July 2017).

Check the HESA website for further information about the DLHE survey.

Mid-November 2017

HEAPES return

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional course designation or providers with specific course designation who are subject to a Student Number Control (SNC). 

Workbooks issued to providers via the HEFCE extranet. 

Check the HEAPES17 guidance for further information.

28 November 2017

HESA AP Student Collection 

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Data verification closes.

Last submission of data.

Check the HESA website for further information about the AP Student Return.

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DECEMBER

Date

Category

Who

Action

8 November 2017 - 5 March 2018

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Contact period.

HE providers are required to make contact with all graduates in the January DLHE population (leavers between 1 January 2017 and 31 July 2017).

Check the HESA website for further information about the DLHE survey.

1 December 2017

HEAPES return

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional course designation or providers with specific course designation who are subject to a Student Number Control (SNC).

Census date.

Check the HEAPES17 guidance for further information.

5 December 2017

HESA AP Student Collection

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Data sign-off.

The AP Student Collection must be signed off by the head or acting head of the organisation.

Check the HESA website for further information about the AP Student Return.

Noon on 14 December 2017

HEAPES return

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional course designation or providers with specific course designation who are subject to a Student Number Control (SNC).

Providers should submit their HEAPES return via the HEFCE extranet.

Check the HEAPES17 guidance for further information.

15 December 2017 - 16 January 2018

HEAPES return

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional course designation or providers with specific course designation who are subject to a Student Number Control (SNC).

Data verification period.

Check the HEAPES17 guidance for further information.

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JANUARY

Date

Category

Who

Action

8 November 2017 - 5 March 2018

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Contact period.

HE providers are required to make contact with all graduates in the January DLHE population (leavers between 1 January 2017 and 31 July 2017).

Check the HESA website for further information about the DLHE survey.

10 January 2018

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Census date. This is the date about which the students are asked to give information.

Check the HESA website for further information about the DLHE survey.

16 January 2018

HEAPES return

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional course designation or providers with specific course designation who are subject to a Student Number Control (SNC).

Data sign-off.

Check the HEAPES17 guidance for further information.

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FEBRUARY

Date

Category

Who

Action

8 November 2017 - 5 March 2018

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Contact period.

HE providers are required to make contact with all graduates in the January DLHE population (leavers between 1 January 2017 and 31 July 2017).

Check the HESA website for further information about the DLHE survey.

February 2018

Student Loans Company (SLC)

All eligible students at all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation.

Students begin to apply for student support for 2018-19.

Check the SLC website for further information.

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MARCH

Date

Category

Who

Action

March 2018

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Data collection system opens.

Check the HESA website for further information about the DLHE survey.

1 March 2018

Prevent Duty

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Annual report due.

Check the HEFCE website for further information on Prevent.

5 March 2018

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Contact period closes.

Check the HESA website for further information about the DLHE survey.

31 March 2018

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Return date.

Providers are required to send complete data that has passed Business stage validation.

Check the HESA website for further information about the DLHE survey.

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APRIL

Date

Category

Who

Action

9 April 2018

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Commit date.

HE providers are advised to send complete data that has passed Exception stage validation. 

Check the HESA website for further information about the DLHE survey.

9 April 2018 - 8 May 2018

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Data quality checking period starts.

Providers need to review and resubmit reports generated on their data to assess quality.

Check the HESA website for further information about the DLHE survey.

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MAY

Date

Category

Who

Action

8 May 2018

 

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

All data files to be submitted.

Check the HESA website for further information about the DLHE survey.

9 May 2018

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17

Compulsory for all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation based in England.

Data sign-off.

HESA requires the return to be signed off by the head or acting head of the provider. 

Check the HESA website for further information about the DLHE survey.

27 May 2018

Student Loans Company (SLC)

All eligible students at all alternative providers with institutional or specific course designation.

Final deadline for applications for student support in order to guarantee funding will be in place for the 2018-19 academic year.

Check the SLC website for further information.

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Individually scheduled regulatory requirements include:

Providers may also be subject to:

  • UKVI reporting/monitoring (for tier 4 licence holders)
  • Charity Commission
  • Companies House
  • validation bodies
  • accreditation bodies.

Page last updated 15 December 2017