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The report was commissioned from PricewaterhouseCoopers to help ensure that the main users of institutional data are working together efficiently and with optimal regulatory impact in terms of data requirements; and that institutional data is timely and of high quality. The report identifies: the main burdens and operational barriers to delivering the HESA staff and student returns; improvements to the existing process; and a road map to implement the improvements.

The key findings from the report are that:

  • some good practices exist widely across the sector, but others only rarely; thus there is huge scope to achieve a wider adoption of more elements of good practice
  • there are numerous ideas and considerable enthusiasm from institutions for making current practice better
  • institutional performance would be improved and the burden on the sector reduced by achieving a wider adoption of more elements of good practice and the implementation of some or all of the better practice proposals.