Regional profiles of higher education

We publish a set of regional profiles of higher education (HE). These set out a range of data on the pattern of HE in each of the nine regions in England.

Typically these profiles include:

  • a map showing all the universities and colleges providing HE courses
  • a profile of students' study methods and counts of students by institution
  • characteristics of students: their age, gender and ethnicity; where they come from; what subjects they study; and how they study - full-time, part-time, undergraduate and postgraduate
  • the annual income and funding of each higher education institution (HEI)
  • where students find employment when they graduate from an HEI, and what kind of jobs they take
  • knowledge exchange activities between HEIs and business and the community.

Latest profiles

Much of the regional profiles is based on student data taken from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) student record, and the Data Service's Individualised Learner Record (ILR).The data are available below.

The downloadable file allows the user to generate their own output of HE student data by: institution (registering and teaching), location of taught provision (region and sub-region), and by the subject, mode and level of study. Due to improvements in methodology and institutional data we have supplied data for all years covered by 2009-10 regional profiles

(Please note the following files contains macros. You will need to have the security level for macros within Excel set to 'enabled' in order to generate your chosen outputs of HE student data.)

HESA student record and Data Service ILR data

2009-10 HESA student record and Data Service ILR data

Download the 2009-10 HESA student record and Data Service ILR data as MS Excel Spreadsheet (15,356 KB)  

2008-09 HESA student record and Data Service ILR data

Download the 2008-09 HESA student record and Data Service ILR data as MS Excel Spreadsheet (15,419 KB)  

2007-08 HESA student record and Data Service ILR data

Download the 2007-08 HESA student record and Data Service ILR data as MS Excel Spreadsheet (15,180 KB)  

Archive data

To allow the recreation of historical figures, we have kept the data based on previous publish methodologies, and this is available below:

2007-08 profiles and earlier

Much of regional profiles 2007-08 is based on student data. These data are available below. The downloadable file provides counts of HE students by institution (registering and teaching), location of taught provision (region and sub-region), and by the subject, mode and level of study.

2007-08 HESA student record and Data Service ILR data (last updated December 2009)

Download the 2007-08 HESA student record and Data Service ILR data (last updated December 2009) as MS Excel Spreadsheet (1,928 KB)  

Superseded publications

These data supersede the equivalent data in the following publications, both of which were based on 2006-07 HESA data:

The 2007-08 student data provide the same information that was available in these earlier publications. But they use only one set of data definitions to make things more transparent for the user, and an adjusted methodology to show a more accurate picture of where HE provision is taught. (For these reasons it will not be possible to compare these data directly with those in previous publications.)

Further information

For more information about these data contact Andrew Breeze, tel 0117 931 7375, e-mail a.breeze@hefce.ac.uk.

Page last updated 19 March 2012

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