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Data audit

We currently perform data audit work in the following areas, but we are continuously developing our approach and areas under review as changes occur in the sector and new areas of risk are identified:

  • Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE)
  • Key Information Sets (KIS)
  • Outturn data (for example completion status of students)
  • Assignment to cost centres and price groups
  • Key HESA fields
  • QR Charity support fund
  • QR Business research element
  • Higher Education - Business Community Interaction Survey (HE-BCIS) data
  • Data that informs the QR RDP supervision fund allocations

We generally audit institutions based on a risk analysis of the data, identifying institutions where data is not indicating what we would expect.

In new areas of data audit activity, we often carry out a pilot study to identify areas of good practice or areas of difficulty, which we can then include in future guidance to institutions.

Data audit programmes

Course entity data review programme

Download the 2014-15 course data review programme as PDF (164 KB)  Download the 2014-15 course data review programme as MS Word (91 KB)

DLHE audit programme

Download the DLHE audit programme as PDF (168 KB)  Download the DLHE audit programme as MS Word (219 KB)

QR Charity support fund audit programme

Download the QR Charity support fund audit programme as PDF (167 KB)  Download the QR Charity support fund audit programme as MS Word (83 KB)

QR Business research element audit programme

Download the QR Business research element audit programme as PDF (160 KB)  Download the QR Business research element audit programme as MS Word (78 KB)

KIS audit programme

Download the KIS_audit_programme_201516 as PDF (203 KB) Download the KIS_audit_programme_201516 as MS Word (46 KB)

HE-BCI survey audit programme

Download the 2012-13 HE-BCI data audit programme as PDF (130 KB)  Download the 2012-13 HE-BCI data audit programme as MS Word (97 KB)

Data that informs the QR RDP supervision fund allocations audit programme

Download the Audit of data that informs the 2013-14 QR RDP supervision fund allocations as PDF (206 KB)  Download the Audit of data that informs the 2013-14 QR RDP supervision fund allocations as MS Word (188 KB)

HESA AP student record audit programme

Download the Audit of 2015-16 HESA AP Student Record - audit programme as PDF (368 KB) Download the Audit of 2015-16 HESA AP Student Record - audit programme as MS Word (49 KB)

This area will be updated as audit programmes are updated, and as new programmes are developed.

Summary report on the audits of Higher Education Students Early Statistics Surveys 2007-08 (HESES07) to 2009-10 (HESES09)

This report is a summary report of the findings from all the visits over the three year period in which the individual audit assignments were undertaken at institutions.

Download the Summary report on the audits of Higher Education Students Early Statistics Surveys 2007-08 as PDF (369 KB)  Download the Summary report on the audits of Higher Education Students Early Statistics Surveys 2007-08 as MS Word (143 KB)

Summary report on the audit of the Key Information Sets (KIS) 2013/14

Download the KIS_2013_summary_report as PDF (354 KB) Download the KIS_2013_summary_report as MS Word (52 KB)

Page last updated 17 February 2017