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Code of practice for higher education data collections 

All the UK higher education funding bodies, working with the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), follow a code of practice for higher education data collections. 

Standards and principles 

Data submitted by higher education providers needs to meet certain standards. The explicit rules and checks that apply to data collections, and the principles of data protection, set out many of these standards. 

We expect that the data must be prepared with honesty, impartiality and rigour, and should not intentionally mislead or otherwise lack integrity. 

These principles have always been implicit. But we have brought them together in a code of practice to make it easier to refer to them, and to support those preparing and managing data collections. 


The code applies to all data collections submitted to HESA and the four UK higher education funding bodies. 

The HESA website includes a list of relevant contacts at each body who can be contacted where there are concerns about adherence to the code. 

All HEFCE-funded institutions must comply with the code of practice. Funding agreements, issued on 27 July 2015, will confirm that this is a condition of receiving HEFCE grants.   

Each higher education institution will be required to confirm in its annual assurance return that it complies with the code of practice. 

See the code of practice


Page last updated 28 July 2015