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Higher Education Data Insight Group (HEDIG)

Exec lead: Sally Turnbull

HEDIG exists to enhance understanding of data on higher education and promote and influence better use of such data within the public domain broadly and, more specifically, within UK public policy. The group aims to:

1. Enhance transparency and increase understanding of policy and practice relating to the use and supply of data about higher education within the public domain.

2. Influence the use of data about higher education by third parties, through:

a. effective supply of appropriate data
b. provision of contextual understanding and accessible, relevant, high quality supporting information
c. contributing to sector commentary (for example, in blogs, opinion pieces and editorial communications)
d. occasional seminars/conferences.

3. Act as a forum for the discussion of issues relating to the use and understanding of higher education data and a resource for the development of joint solutions.

4. Capture and apply ‘data intelligence’ to support the above, for example through commissioning research and/or evidence gathering on the intended use of data and its wider implications.

The group meets twice annually and reports, via the chair, to the HESPA Executive Committee.

Group Members




Sally Turnbull


David Bryan

De Montfort University

Jackie Njoroge

University of Salford

Laura Knox

University of St Andrews

Jenny Walker

Loughborough University

Aash Khadia

University of Bedfordshire

John Britton

Cardiff University

Lucy Hodson

Birmingham City University

Jonathan Waller

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

Denise Jones


Richard Puttock

Office for Students (OfS)

Hannah Falvey

Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)

Cathy Mitchell

Scottish Funding Council (SFC)

Ian Viney

MRC on behalf of Research Councils

Matt Bollington

Department for Education

Alison Judd

Department for Education

Mark Claridge

University of Liverpool

Emma Jones


Ben Jordan (or other)

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Naomi Allison

University of Essex

Julie Leeming

St. George's, University of London

Aaron Morrison

University of Derby

Mark Dixon

Solent University

Richard O'Kelly




In this video presentation Matt Hiely-Rayner, of Intelligent Metrix, explains the Guardian University Guide’s value-added score which is based on a detailed indexing methodology that tracks students from enrolment to graduation - qualifications upon entry are compared with the award that a student receives at the end of their studies to identify the unique impact of the teaching within each university. 

















































































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