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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Social Mobility Report reveals ‘stark’ postcode lottery

HEAT members may be aware that the Social Mobility Commission has recently published its fifth annual State of the Nation 2017 Report. It suggests that a ‘stark’ social mobility postcode lottery exists in Britain today in which life success has a definite geographical basis. Members may also be aware that, shortly after publication, the whole board of the Social Mobility Commission (both Tory and Labour) resigned in protest at an alleged lack of engagement on this issue by the present administration, suggesting the Government did not have the ‘bandwidth’ to cope with anything other than Brexit. Ironically, the resignation of […]

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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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