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Who we are

We are the experts in UK higher education data and analysis.

We collect, process and publish data about higher education (HE) in the UK. As the trusted source of HE data and analysis, we play a key role in supporting and enhancing the competitive strength of the sector.

Our core principles

A set of core principles underpins everything we have done since we began collecting data in 1993:

  1. We are a charitable company operating under a statutory framework on behalf of the funding councils and UK government departments. We support HE providers in fulfilling their data reporting requirements.
  2. We are part of the UK’s ‘statistics family’. We produce Official Statistics, a sign that a number of our statistical outputs have met a rigorous quality threshold. These outputs are regulated by the UK Statistics Authority which has a direct line of accountability to Parliament, independent of any government department.
  3. We are principally funded by subscriptions from HE providers. We are dedicated to ensuring that we deliver value for money, and our subscription rates are kept low due to our commercial activities.
  4. In addition to our work with HE providers and sector bodies, we are driven by a wider public purpose: to advance higher education in the UK.

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