National measures

National measures


Our Corporate Strategy 2017-2020 included an objective to ‘develop measures by which to monitor the performance of higher education (HE) providers and monitor delivery’.

These measures assist us in monitoring HEFCW regulated and/or funded HE providers. The measures are used at both institutional and national level for different purposes, including:

  • monitoring higher education sector performance against priority areas, including annual reports to our Council
  • monitoring individual institutional performance against priority areas, including informing institutional risk assessments
  • publishing measures, some annually, at both institutional and sector level
  • informing institutional fee and access planning
  • developing policy

2018/19 monitoring

Institutional level monitoring has been updated for 2018/19 for a subset of the student data based national measures. The measures which have been updated are: widening access, part-time, National Student Survey, Welsh medium, student mobility, postgraduate research students, PhDs awarded, EU-overseas students.

The institutional level national measures provided below are marked as interim until 2018/19 data for the remainder of the national measures are available, when the institutional level, sector level and summary will be updated.

2017/18 monitoring

National measures monitor data from the year 2016/17 onwards. A description of the data sources used and the methods of extraction are outlined in Annex J of our latest data requirements circular.

These measures supersede the targets which were outlined in our Corporate Strategy 2013-2017 which monitored data for the years 2011/12 to 2017/18.