HEAT releases thematic paper on SE coverage

HEAT is pleased to release to members a thematic paper on the coverage of pre-16 outreach delivery in the South East of England. Its origin stemmed from a meeting between HEAT and the Social Mobility Commission (SMC) in which the SMC wanted to know what percentage of secondary-school-age pupils in England receive outreach. The thematic paper – entitled Coverage Thematic Paper South East 2017 and downloadable from the HEAT database File Store – reveals that outreach was delivered by HEAT members to almost all schools across the South East in the 2014/15 to 2015/16 time period and that most schools […]

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POLAR4 integration update

The HEFCE POLAR classification was recently updated and HEAT will be integrating it into outputs and tools going forward. This fourth iteration of POLAR (POLAR4) is based on the combined participation rates of those who entered HE between the academic years 2009-10 and 2013-14 (if they entered aged 18) or between 2010-11 and 2014-15 (if they entered at 19). In recognition of the fact that members may have used POLAR3 in their Access Agreements or in other target setting, HEAT will operate a lengthy ‘transition’ period from POLAR3 to POLAR4. Members will continue to see POLAR3 analysis in reports and […]

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Update for HEAT Activity Coverage by Institution dataset

We have recently updated the HEAT Activity Coverage by Institution dataset. Entitled Activity Coverage by Institution 13022017, this spreadsheet can be found in the Datasets > Activity Coverage by Institution > 2016-17 Activity Coverage folder in the HEAT JiscMail Files Area. This institution-based dataset shows, for each college/school where the activity student total is 1 or more: How many HEAT organisations have delivered an activity How many activities have been delivered How many outreach activities have been delivered This dataset can help with targeting/planning and assist with the identification of cold spots. Any questions on this dataset should be directed to data@heat.ac.uk.

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HEAT releases latest aggregate planning datasets

We have now uploaded aggregate planning datasets into the HEAT JiscMail Files Area. These datasets provide a summary count by geographic region of all the information contained in the school and FE planning datasets. They can be found in the Datasets > Planning_Datasets > 2016_Planning directory and are named as follows: 2ndary planning with Local Authority Aggregate 05102017   FE6Form Planning2016 Aggregate Planning Dataset 05102017

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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 […]

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Access to UCAS data via ADRN approved

We have just received the excellent news that our proposal on behalf of HEAT members to the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) to access UCAS data at an individual pupil/student level has been approved. Our success is especially pleasing given that only 40% of applications are approved first time around. As far as we know, this is the first approved application to access the UCAS data since the ADRN agreed to broker researcher access. It means that we will have much more information about how our HEAT participants engage with the UCAS application process and how this relates to the […]

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Tracking students into higher education

We will soon be sending the student data recorded by your institution on HEAT off to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) for tracking into higher education. HESA’s entrants databases are a year behind so the most recent year of entry we are able to access is 2015/16. If your institution has students eligible for tracking into this year or earlier years you will have recently received a communication letting you know the number of students who will be tracked. Just a friendly reminder, only those participants for whom you have recorded their first name, last name, date of birth […]

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