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Discrepancies between HEAT Postcode Profiler and HEFCE Postcode Look-up now resolved

The HEAT Service Team has been asked about a discrepancy between HEFCE’s postcode look-up zip file found at the bottom of their Gaps in young participation in higher education webpage and HEAT’s own postcode profiler. The issue related to the fact that HEFCE’s postcode file maps the NCOP wards to 2014 boundaries and postcodes contained within; whilst HEAT maps the NCOP wards straight to postcodes.

After liaising with HEFCE on this issue, HEAT’s profiler now includes all HEFCE’s original postcodes plus any new postcodes that fall within NCOP target ward boundaries. HEAT’s postcode file is taken from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Postcode Directory of May 2017.