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HESA have embarked on a long-term project, Data Futures, which seeks to deliver a new redefined Higher Education landscape. This project aims to create a more efficient and timely approach to data collection across the sector, in order to support better decision-making and to allow the sector to evolve and keep pace with other industries.
While the sector awaits details of these new data collection processes over the coming months, it is vital that institutions start to consider both the risks and opportunities that this project poses – at both executive and operational levels. Institutions will particularly need to ensure that student record and reporting systems are aligned with the future data landscape. We hope that the new approach to data collection will help institutions shift some focus away from data reporting, and instead allow increased attention on how the rich data held can be exploited for the benefit of institutions and their students.
To support the move to Data Futures, there have been several other reviews undertaken within the data landscape.