Department of Student and Academic Administration

External Returns

The External Returns Team prepare, validate and submit all of the student related statutory returns to the external agencies: The Office for Students (OfS), Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), and the Department for Education and Teaching Regulation Agency. The returns include:

  • Higher Education Students Early Statistics survey (HESES) - Giving an early indication, for government planning, of the student numbers studying in the academic year being reported on.
  • Student Record (SR) - Containing detailed individualised information in respect of all registered students on courses that lead to the award of a qualification or provider credit.
  • Initial Teacher Training in-year record (ITT) - Reporting, on behalf of the NCTL, student information registered on courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). 
  • Provider Profile (PP) - Showing how the teaching in academic subject areas is apportioned across departments and faculties of the University.
  • Unistats (previously known as Key Information Set) - Providing appropriate information on undergraduate courses being advertised for recruitment by the university in order to allow prospective students to make a decision about what and where to study via
  • Aggregate Offshore (AO) - Shows counts of students by country, level of study, and type of study for all students who are either registered with the university or who are studying for an award of the university but who are studying wholly overseas for their course.
  • Individual Learner Record (ILR) reporting, to the ESFA, on the student undertaking degree apprenticeships.

The External student returns include personal data. For information on how this data is stored and used, please see the HESA Data Protection pages and the University's Privacy Policy.