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The HESA Data Futures programme is preparing the University to meet the requirements of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) for the new approach to collection of student data. The University currently returns student data to HESA on an annual basis, however the changes will require us to supply a wider range of data, and to supply it more frequently. The programme will ensure this regular reporting can be done efficiently, and that statutory responsibilities are met, by making improvements to processes and data handling. This will enable the University to continue to receive funding at the appropriate level.
HESA had originally set the expectation that the new data returns would be required from January 2020, but on 12 March 2019 it was announced that this launch date has been deferred. The Oxford HESA Data Futures programme is assessing the implications of this delay, but continues to move forward with the changes as planned, so that the programme is in a good position to deliver when the new launch date is agreed.
The programme has been waiting for HESA to finalise details of the requirements so that a full statement of the impact can be shared. The latest announcement about the deferral suggests that the uncertainty may persist for a while longer. We will continue to update colleges and departments as we receive more information.
The programme team has delivered a number of introductory presentations at colleges and divisional meetings since the start of this academic year, to share an overview of the programme, and to gain an understanding of the impact of the proposed changes. Colleges and departments will continue to be engaged with through workshops, surveys, working groups and more, to fully understand how HESA Data Futures will affect processes and systems, and to ensure that all relevant staff are kept informed of developments.
The project is jointly sponsored by Jackie Hoyle (Director of Student Registry) and Mike Glover (Director of Planning and Council Secretariat), with Student Registry and Student Systems working closely with IT Services to deliver the solution.
Details are on the HESA Data Futures web pages.
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