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HEDIIP Advisory Panel

HESPA working with HEDIIP

In autumn 2013, HESPA was asked to identify a representative from the Planning Community to sit on the Advisory Panel of the Higher Education Data and Information Improvement Programme (HEDIIP). HEDIIP has been established to enhance the arrangements for the collection, sharing and dissemination of data and information about the HE system. The establishment of HEDIIP has been overseen by the Regulatory Partnership Group. HEDIIP is now leading a programme of changes to build a more coherent, responsive and less burdensome information landscape.

HEDIIP is currently working on four projects:


The HEDIIP inventory of HE data collections aims to help data collectors gain a better understanding of what other collections are being undertaken and to help HE providers understand which data collections they are responding to.


The project has worked with some of the key data-processing organisations in HE to begin to develop a lexicon of terms and a thesaurus to help understand the data language that currently exists across these different organisations. The accompanying report sets out the issues behind this work and makes recommendations for the future development of a higher education data language.


The Centre for Educational Technology, Interoperability and Standards (Cetis) at the University of Bolton is undertaking a project to develop a replacement for the JACS system which meets the needs of a broader group of stakeholders and reflects the diverse and dynamic nature of higher education in the twenty-first century. This builds on the report (with appendices) published in 2013 which considered the varying requirements and uses of subject coding in HE and set out options for the development of a replacement for JACS. Christine Couper, the HESPA representative on the Advisory Board is also a member of the Subject Coding Programme Board.


The Unique Learner Number (ULN) is a standard person identifier that is increasingly being used in schools and in the FE sector. It has the potential to smooth the flow of data between systems and organisations, provide more joined-up services to students and reduce the number of different personal identifiers that are currently attached to every student. The adoption of the ULN in higher education is a key step in creating a more coherent and coordinated HE information landscape.



The HEDIIP Advisory Panel was established to form a network of professional representatives from major stakeholder communities. The panel acts as a quality assurance body to advise the Programme Management Office (PMO) on the planning and delivery of projects. Members of the panel are assigned to individual projects and will sit on Project Boards, providing more enterprise-specific guidance through technical and logistical oversight.

The members of the HEDIIP Advisory Panel are:

  • Mike Glover (Chair) – Academic Registrar, Warwick University. Member of the Academic Registrars Council
  • Andrew Fisher – Academic Registrar, London South Bank University. Member of Student Records Officers Conference Committee
  • Andy Horsman – Head of Data Management, HESA
  • Andy Scott – Research Co-ordinator, NUS
  • Carolyn Savage – Head of Partnerships, Learning Records Service
  • Catherine Elliot – Education and Skills Senior Executive, Engineering Council
  • Christine Couper – Director of Strategic Planning, Greenwich University. Member of the Higher Education Strategic Planners Association Executive
  • Dave Cartwright – Senior Manager, Data Services, SLC
  • Elizabeth Halford – Head of Research, Information and Enquiry, QAA
  • Esther Williams – Director of Student Administration, University of Bristol. Member of the AUA
  • Hannah Falvey – Head of Statistics, HEFCW
  • Helen Mansfield – Head of Workforce & Development, Health Education North West London
  • Jayne Rowley – Director of Business Services, Graduate Prospects
  • John Britton – Deputy Director of Planning, Cardiff University
  • John Perks – Head of Funding Systems Architecture, Skills Funding Agency
  • John Stocks – Workforce Planning and Information Analysis Lead, HEE
  • Julie Tam – Head of Analysis, UUK
  • Kirsty White – Head of Planning, Research and Development, General Medical Council
  • Lesley Donnithorne – HR Manager (Systems, Information & Grading), UWE Bristol. Member of UHR
  • Luke Taylor – Assistant Director of IT Services, Bristol University. Chair of the UCISA Corporate Information Systems Group
  • Martin Boyle – Director of Planning and Business Intelligence, University of Glasgow
  • Martin Smith – Deputy Director Funding Policy, SFC
  • Matthew Dean – Technology Manager, AoC
  • Mike Spink – Data Architect, UCAS
  • Nadine Boczkowski – Informatics Lead, HEE
  • Neil Jacobs – Head of Scholarly Communications Support, Jisc
  • Nick Johnstone – Senior Policy Advisor, GuildHE
  • Olivia Roberts – Head of Student Services & Systems, Queens University Belfast
  • Peter Tinson – Executive Director, UCISA
  • Philip Gallagher – Operations Manager, QTS and Induction Unit, NCTL
  • Rachel Bruce – Innovation Director, Jisc
  • Richard Puttock – Head of Data and Management Information, HEFCE
  • Rob Smith – Head of Planning and Information, HEE
  • Shaun Osborne – Project Manager, NCTL
  • Simon Robshaw – Data Analyst, UCAS
  • Stephen Richards – Head of Business Intelligence, London Shared Service, HEE
  • Zoe Stockdale – Research Policy Officer, Loughborough University. Member of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators Board of Directors

Terms of Reference

The Higher Education Data and Information Improvement Programme Advisory Panel will:

  1. Advise the HEDIIP Programme Board on technical and logistical issues;
  2. Contribute to the specification of individual projects, including scope, sustainability and outcomes;
  3. Act as a steering and oversight group for the portfolio of HEDIIP projects;
  4. Contribute members to the governance structures of individual HEDIIP projects;
  5. Support Project Managers to deliver these projects;
  6. Act as ambassadors for the work of HEDIIP;
  7. Provide intelligence on issues and perceptions from across the landscape.

HEDIIP produce regular newsletters and briefings about their projects which may be accessed from their website: