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Returns should be uploaded to the HEFCE extranet by noon on Thursday 13 November 2014

Executive summary


1. This document asks further education colleges (FECs) to complete the annual survey of students on recognised higher education courses.

Key points

2. The data will:

  • enable us to review teaching funding and monitor recruitment against the student number control for the academic year 2014-15
  • together with the individualised learner record supplied to the Skills Funding Agency, inform our allocation of teaching funds for the academic year 2015‑16
  • give an early indication, for purposes including government planning, of the number of higher education students studying in the academic year 2014-15.

3. This document provides the following.

  1. An introduction to the Higher Education in Further Education: Students survey 2014-15 (HEIFES14) and how we use it to inform our funding allocations and monitor recruitment against the student number control.
  2. Guidance notes for completing the HEIFES14 survey.
  3. Definitions used in the HEIFES14 survey.
  4. Examples of the survey tables. The actual tables for completion will be available to download from the HEFCE extranet in November 2014.
  5. A summary of changes since HEIFES13 (Annex B).

Action required

4. HEIFES14 should be completed by all FECs receiving HEFCE recurrent funds for teaching. Returns must be uploaded to the HEFCE extranet by noon on Thursday 13 November 2014. Workbooks will be available to colleges in November 2014.

5. A provisional timetable for the HEIFES14 return and 2015-16 funding round is given in Annex A.


Main report and annexes

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Annex A: Outline timetable for HEIFES14 return and 2014-15 funding round

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Annex B: Summary of changes and clarifications since HEIFES13

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Annex C: Sample tables

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Annex D: Getting started: table, column and row descriptions

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Annex E: Submission and quality assurance of HEIFES14

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Annex F: The HEIFES14 student population

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Annex G: Recognised HE courses

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Annex H: Counting student activity

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Annex I: Completion and non-completion

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Annex J: Full-time equivalence for part-time students

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Annex K: Residential and funding status

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Annex L: Price groups

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Annex M: Mode of study

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Annex N: Level of study

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Annex O: Long years of programme of study

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Annex P: Year abroad categories in Table 4

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Annex Q: Identification of old-regime and new-regime students

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Annex R: Self-check questions

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Annex S: List of abbreviations

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Annex T: Index

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Appendix 1: Validation of HEIFES data

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Appendix 2: Verification checks on HEIFES14 data

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Appendix 3: Guidance on the student number control grant adjustment table

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Appendix 4: Guidance on the indicative funding worksheets

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Date: 10 October 2014

Ref: HEFCE 2014/24

To: Heads of HEFCE-funded further education colleges

Of interest to those
responsible for:

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