Quality of higher education statistics

This page includes information on the collection, validation and quality assurance of higher education (HE) data and statistics, and the quality guidance used in managing the production of HE statistics.

Quality report for higher education statistical bulletins

The department adheres to the UK Statistics Authority code of practice for official statistics and the National Statistician’s guidance on quality. The document below provides a summary of how the department's Higher Education National Statistics publications adhere to the code in terms quality:

Information on the collection and validation of higher education data

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) collect and validate higher education data on behalf of the Department for the Economy (DfE). HESA has developed an extensive range of quality assurance and validation procedures to ensure the data they collect are of a high standard. The links below provide more details on these procedures:

Quality guidance used in the production of higher education statistics

The following link provides guidance from the Office for National Statistics on best practice for measuring and reporting on quality

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