The new data tool looks at the pattern of higher education (HE) at both Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and regional level. It includes data on student numbers and characteristics, graduate employment, and higher education's interaction with business and the community [Note 1]. It was launched with a webinar on Wednesday 10 December [Note 2].
The work follows on from ‘HE cold spots’, a set of highly detailed data maps on the provision of higher education across England. It will help to support discussions between higher education institutions, further education colleges, LEPs and combined authorities as they seek to understand:
The data will also help to build credible evidence for investment decisions.
Yvonne Hawkins, HEFCE Director, Universities and Colleges, said:
‘This extensive dataset is a valuable addition to the HE cold spots data. Together they provide a useful toolkit of information which helps higher education providers, working in collaboration with local enterprise partnerships, to develop and build on their understanding of HE in their localities and the wider community.’