The HEAT Groups – a thematic paper

HEAT’s latest research report, entitled The HEAT Groups – A Thematic Paper, examines attainment and progression outcomes for HEAT’s student groups (the HEAT Groups). Classifying students into groups based on both their socioeconomic background and prior attainment allows us to compare outcomes for students who are similar in their likelihood of progressing to higher education. The paper identifies critical points in the educational pathways of certain groups, providing insight into when outreach interventions might be needed most. This report, which can be viewed and downloaded from the Live File Store, has been approved by the HEAT Research Group for external […]

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Call for hosts for core Members Forums

As most members will be aware, over the last few years the HEAT Service has run forums for core Members twice a year, typically in May and November. Each time we try to offer a range of dates and locations in order to give all our members the chance to attend if they wish. Our ability to run these events has always been reliant on the generosity of various members who have kindly offered to provide a room and refreshments. This time around, however, we have had no such offers to host our autumn Members Forums. As a result, we […]

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HEAT Service Team has moved office

The HEAT Service Team has now moved offices within the University of Kent Canterbury campus. As of 1st Oct 2018, our full postal address is as follows: HEAT Service Administration Room 108, Rutherford Annexe Rutherford College Darwin Road University of Kent Canterbury Kent CT2 7NX Please note that all our telephone numbers remain the same.

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Important reminders as academic year draws to an end

The end of another academic year is fast approaching and we would like to remind all our members what happens to your HEAT data around this time of year. Our cut-off point for 2017/18 data entry is 31st August 2018. The system gets busy from around the end of July onward and all imports, exports and reports go into a queue. During this period, it may take a bit longer for your tasks to complete, so please do allow extra time. We will contact you in September regarding your Student data; asking you to: check for duplicates using the Student […]

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New member-level infographic is on its way

Our analysts are currently preparing a new member-level infographic summarising HEAT’s participant tracking into post-16 education. Members with sufficient data will receive a two-page infographic presenting key findings from this stage of the HEAT track, which investigates: The transition of outreach participants to post-16 educatio Their trajectories in terms of where and what they study Their attainment in the qualifications they enter. This analysis draws on Key Stage 5 attainment data from the National Pupil Dataset provided by the Department for Education in conjunction with data for other Level 3 qualifications (including apprenticeships) recorded through the Individualised Learner Record. This […]

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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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Important update on recent database developments

There was a flurry of activity in terms of major database developments leading up to Christmas as well as several important tweaks, enhancements and imminent features that we would like to bring to the attention of the HEAT membership. File Store, Session and Survey Tool feedback Thank you to all who have fed back on these new features thus far. We will review all your comments during March and pencil in all agreed improvements thereafter. If you are yet to look at these tools, please do so and get in touch with your Hub Officer or HEAT Support if there’s […]

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HEAT engages BIT to assess impact of Campus Visits

The HEAT Service has engaged the influential Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) to conduct research on the impact of Campus Visits on the propensity for the most disadvantaged outreach participants recorded on the HEAT database to enrol in Higher Education. The HEAT Research Group and the HEAT Steering Group have approved a proposal by BIT to further explore this perceived link using causal tree analysis. The origin of this commission is a desire to triangulate the initial findings of the HEAT Service Analysis Team that seem to show that attendance at a Campus Visit increases the propensity of the most disadvantaged […]

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