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  • Executive summary
  • The HESES08 survey
  • Institutional contacts
  • Data collection and verification
  • Outline timetable and process for the 2009-10 funding round
  • Audit
  • Annex A: HESES08: Getting started
  • Annex B: Summary of changes and clarifications since HESES07
  • Annex C: The HESES08 student population
  • Annex D: Recognised HE courses
  • Annex E: Counting student activity
  • Annex F: Full-time equivalence for part-time years of instance
  • Annex G: Residential and funding status
  • Annex H: Price groups
  • Annex I: Mode of study
  • Annex J: Level of study
  • Annex K: Long years of study
  • Annex L: Table descriptions
  • Annex M: Description of columns in tables
  • Annex N: Sample tables
  • Annex O: Glossary
  • Annex P: Index
  • Appendix 1: Links between HESA and HESES data (web only)
  • Appendix 2: Validation and credibility checks (web only)
  • Appendix 3: Guidance on grant adjustment and comparison tables (web only)

Executive summary


1.   This document asks higher education institutions (HEIs) to complete the annual survey of students on recognised higher education (HE) courses.

Key points

2. The data will:

  1. Give an early indication, including for government planning purposes, of the number of HE students studying in the academic year 2008-09.
  2. Enable us to monitor the achievement of funding agreement targets for the academic year 2008-09.
  3. Together with data supplied to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), inform our allocation of teaching funds for the academic year 2009-10.

3.   This document provides:

  1. Guidance notes for completing the Higher Education Students Early Statistics Survey 2008-09 (HESES08).
  2. Definitions used in the HESES08 survey.
  3. Examples of the survey tables, which will be available to download from the HEFCE extranet by November 2008.
  4. A summary of changes since HESES07 (Annex B).

Action required

4.   Returns should be uploaded to the HEFCE extranet by noon on Tuesday 9 December 2008. Workbooks will be available to institutions by the beginning of November 2008.

Date: 1 October 2008

Ref: 2008/37

To: Heads of universities in Northern Ireland, Heads of HEFCE-funded higher education institutions

Of interest to those
responsible for:

Student data; Funding

Enquiries should be directed to:

Christine Daniel, tel 0117 931 7373, e-mail