Making best use of Postcode-Profiler-only permissions

We are being asked by quite a few members if we can provide postcode lists to help target students for the NCOP programme. The Postcode Profiler on the HEAT database already provides a flag to show whether a postcode is in an NCOP target ward, so we are advising users to use this existing facility. Also remember that you can set up a user permission that restricts access solely to the postcode profiler. Some consortia are considering giving postcode-only access to users in schools and FE colleges. The school or college user can then copy the results back to a […]

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HESA track reports are steaming ahead

Our Data Analysts are working hard on members’ HEAT HESA Track reports and infographics. These will be available for members who have a sample of at least 100 students linked to an outreach activity recorded on HEAT who are old enough to have been tracked in to Higher Education. We hope to send all reports to Leads within the next two weeks. For those members who do not yet have sufficient student tracking data for a report, please look out for the aggregate All HEAT member report which will be released in May/June.

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Advice from OFFA regarding withdrawal of NS-SEC data

Following the decision that HESA will no longer publish the NS-SEC WP performance indicators in 2017, HEAT contacted OFFA to ask for guidance on alternative measures for socioeconomic status that could be used in Access Agreements. OFFA advised the use of one or more alternative measures such as household income, IMD, FSM, IDACI and ACORN, but warned that institutions should use the measure(s) they choose consistently, be aware of their shortcomings and look out for bias. OFFA is working with HEFCE and HESA to release some experimental alternative measures at some point this year which they hope will fill the […]

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HEAT holds second annual Symposium

The second annual HEAT Symposium took place on Monday 27th March in London. The event was very well attended by HEAT users and initial feedback was good (we will be circulating a delegate feedback questionnaire very soon). The key note speaker, Tim Leunig – Chief Analyst, Scientific Adviser and Director of the International Education Division of the DfE – gave delegates much to think about. In particular he highlighted what HEAT’s aggregated data reveal and how they can be utilised more effectively across the sector. The ARC Network presented its research into the added value that HEAT brings to its […]

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HEAT Registration Tool survey: full details

Thank you to all who participated in the Registration Tool survey. We have collated your feedback and the common themes are discussed here, alongside the HEAT team’s response. 67% of respondents said they were quite or very likely to use the tool to capture participant data. 71% said that, all things considered, they would like to see this tool being incorporated into the HEAT service. Providing we can still meet your basic requirements within budget, we hope that development will take place in the Spring Term, testing in the Summer Term and the tool will be available for the start of […]

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HEAT membership votes for online registration tool

The HEAT membership voted recently on whether to invest HEAT resource in the development of an online registration tool that will ease the collection of registers. 70% of those who voted said that this tool would be useful and that HEAT should invest in its development. This tool will have automatic interface with the database and allow for some local customisation. We also received helpful feedback from users on desired functionality. Although the available budget prevents us from developing all the features requested by the survey respondents, we can develop a tool that will allow for basic data collection. However, […]

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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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Online registration – your chance to vote

We have often heard HEAT members express the wish for an online register to collect attendance electronically at outreach activities, thus alleviating the administration associated with paper registers. We appreciate that such a tool may not be appropriate to all our members for a number of reasons and would therefore appreciate your feedback on the value of online registration for the collective membership. To this end, we are in the process of contacting HEAT database Leads and Coordinators (formerly Subscriber Administrators), inviting them to participate in a vote on this issue (only one vote per member institution). We have contacted […]

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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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First tranche of HEAT2 user guides now available

Hot on the heels of HEAT2 formally going live (link to news story), is the publication and release of the first tranche of HEAT2 user guides. The first 10 guides can be downloaded from the following webpage (link to first 10 user guides) and cover the most common database tasks including: logging in; setting up Users, Roles and Custom Lookups; managing Activities; and producing Student Profiler and Delivery Reports. These guides are all password-protected. If you experience any problems opening them, please contact the HEAT Helpdesk.

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