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Is there a single list describing the data burden placed on UK universities that describes the data returns HEIs must make to government or government agencies?

I'm thinking of something like a corollary to the DCLG list of the minimum data central Government needs from local authorities only applied to universities?

The "Data Quality and Efficiency in Higher Education" report of 2008 describes the issues involved in completing the annual HESA return on student statistics, so the HESA return is one part of the overall data burden, but what else is there?

Universities all provide information about courses, places available and access agreements (to include fees) to UCAS, and maybe OFFA, so that's another requirement. (Do universities also supply HEFCE with a list of courses/places available directly to HEFCE?)

Universities also take part in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, reporting on research excellence. (There are also direct reporting requirements imposed when universities receive grant income, e.g from the UK research councils, JISC etc.)

University Libraries all complete an annual statistical return to SCONUL.

UCISA used to collect data around IT use in universities, but I'm not sure if that scheme still exists or has been replaced?

So, is there a single list anywhere, ideally one with a reporting schedule? (The DCLG list also identifies compulsory vs. optional returns, what the main reason for collection is, etc.) If not, would a community wiki here be a good place to start compiling such a list?

asked 19 Mar '11, 12:03

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Further to the answer above, I've found the actual survey on the jiscmail list archive http://bit.ly/g7wb4b - see the xls attachment. There is some really useful data in the survey spreadsheet itself.


The link is to the JISCMAIL ADMIN-PLANNING archive, and a message dated Tue, 26 Oct 2010 14:27:42 +0100 with subject HEBRG Survey

The expanded message URL is:

https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A2=ind1010&L=admin-planning&P=R1364&1=admin-planning&9=A&J=on&d=No+Match;Match;Matches&z=4

and attachment URL:

https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A3=ind1010&L=ADMIN-PLANNING&E=base64&P=58793&B=--004_47F4A1F6ADC0C34E9A2E45092C56D9716F570FB049STAFFMBX2liva&T=application%2Fvnd.ms-excel;%20name=%22HEBRG_survey%20(3).xls%22&N=HEBRG_survey%20(3).xls&attachment=q&XSS=3

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answered 22 Mar '11, 14:02

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edited 22 Mar '11, 14:25

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This spreadsheet is great - the survey cover page has a list of 35 returns and reporting dates that HEIs may be required to make over the course of the year to a range of different institutions (including but not limited to HESA, HEFCE, HMRC, ONC)

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JISC Infonet did a really good overview of available data sources:

http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/bi/external-data-sources

I'm trying to build a data architecture of UK HE from that, but don't hold your breath: it's complicated.

More generally, institutions are starting to groan under the burden of supplying all that data- it's major overhead.

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My colleagues (Steve Bailey, JISC Infonet, Myles Danson, JISC) have suggested this would be useful There was survey run by HEBRG (Higher Education Better Regulation Group) last year looking at statutory and external returns. The interim results have been published: http://www.hebetterregulation.ac.uk/OurWork/Pages/Professional,StatutoryandregulatoryBodies(PSRBs).aspx (odd url uses brackets, sorry if it breaks)

The third link on the right is the summary.

I've seen the survey itself and it has quite a bit of useful data in it, so you could contact them for a copy. The website says "If you have any questions or comments regarding the database of PSRBs please email [email protected] with the subject line PSRBs."

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answered 22 Mar '11, 11:54

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edited 22 Mar '11, 11:57

... and another useful link from HESA about data sources to aid benchmarking (though I suspect most sources are not open data) http://benchmarking.hesa.ac.uk/data-sources/

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answered 22 Mar '11, 14:08

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A recent HEFCE consultation around the idea of a "Key Information Set" (KIS) that universities should provide for course comparison and quality review purposes lists several key sorts of data that HEIs should provide, although the consultation does not seem to to make any mention of open or machine readable data requirements: Public information about higher education: Consultation on changes to information published by institutions

A website was set up to support the consultation that will point to the latest recommendations about the data that should be included in the KIS: Consultation on public information about higher education (incl. revised information set)

See also: HEFCE: Public Information About Higher Education

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