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HEFCE is holding a webinar to launch a collection of data on the impact institutions have on their regions and local areas.

We are launching a new and impressive data collection that looks at the pattern of higher education (HE) at both Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and regional level.

It includes data relating to:

  • student numbers
  • student characteristics
  • graduate employment
  • higher education's interaction with business and the community.

The data will help to support universities and colleges in their discussions with LEPs and Combined Authorities to understand:

  • the scale and impact institutions have on an area and the significant contribution universities and colleges can make to the delivery of the local Strategic Economic Plan
  • opportunities for coordination that will help institutions and local partners identify more effective delivery within and between LEP areas locally and nationally
  • progress made in widening participation and what more needs to be done in different local communities to ensure this continues to improve  
  • how valuable these data are to build credible evidence when seeking to evidence investment decisions

This work follows on from ‘HE cold spots’, a set of highly detailed data maps on the provision of higher education across England.

To follow the webinar on Twitter, please use #HElocalgrowth

If you would like to attend please e-mail