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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 scale and impact institutions have on an area, and the significant contribution they 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
  • progress made in widening participation, and what more needs to be done in local communities to ensure its continued improvement.

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.’  

Notes

  1. The data are compiled from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) student record for 2012-13, the Individualised Learner Record from the Data Service for 2012-13, the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2012-13, the Higher Education – Business and Community Interaction survey 2012-13, the HESA finance record for 2012-13, the HESA performance indicators (2011-12 for non-continuation, 2012-13 for low participation) and Ordnance Survey Open Data.
  2. The webinar presentation will be available on the HEFCE YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/HefceTube).
  3. The data are available on the HEFCE web-site.