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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HEAT Helpdesk is now open for business

The HEAT Central Team is delighted to announce the formal launch of its brand new HEAT Helpdesk. Based on Freshdesk’s Helpdesk software, this new system will increase the speed and efficiency of advice, guidance and problem resolution provided to our subscribers by our HEAT Support Officers (Bella Brobbey and Sandeep Sharma). Using a ticketing system to track all support requests – whether via email, telephone call or face-to-face – the new HEAT Helpdesk system will ensure that appropriate assistance is provided in the most efficient and friendly way with the minimum of delays. As of today, all emails sent to […]

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HEAT2 goes live

The long awaited move from HEAT1 to HEAT2 is finally beginning. This is the culmination of two and a half years of planning and development, with the Central Team working directly with experienced HEAT users to enhance and extend functionality and improve the user experience. This process will continue into Spring 2017 when the Ambassador Portal will be made available to all HEAT members. Many members have already made the move to using HEAT2. Feedback has been excellent, generating invaluable input to help identify issues and test solutions. We expect that all members will be working in HEAT2 before February […]

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HEAT Outreach participant KS4 outcomes – school comparison data

HEAT recently published an infographic comparing KS4 outcomes of outreach participants who engaged prior to Year 11 against their school average (link to download infographic). This is second in the series of reports using KS4 data; the first report looked at level of activity engagement, KS4 attainment and HE progression. This new report examines KS4 attainment in the context of the school averages. The findings show positive outcomes in the KS4 performance of outreach participants compared to their school peers. Individual members who had a cohort where we were able to link to KS4 data have been sent their reports. […]

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HEAT and DfE explore areas of mutual support

In early November, the HEAT Research Team met with staff at the Department for Education (DfE) to discuss our research in general and, more specifically, our initial findings in relation to outreach, KS4 outcomes, and Higher Education progression. As the HEAT Service expands, we continue to cultivate relationships with people and organisations that are becoming ‘critical friends’ in relation to our research agenda. The DfE, now reunited with Higher Education in one department, is just such an organisation; and one that can also provide us with technical help in accessing and understanding data sets such as the National Pupil Database. […]

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Does HEAT provide value for money and value added?

We are asking HEAT users to complete our HEAT Review Online Survey as part of research to examine the value of the HEAT system and how it might develop in future. This exercise is required by HEFCE for the rollout funding and we are grateful for your participation. Your input will also help inform what a sustained HEAT service should look like, in terms of the membership design and the services provided. Please take part in this survey now (if you have not already done so). The survey questions are designed for different types of HEAT users, including those who […]

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Data protection update

The latest news from Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, is that the Government has recently confirmed the UK will implement the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) despite the decision to leave the EU. The Commissioner’s communication on 31st October outlines how the ICO will support implementation of the GDPR, and provides useful links to a range of guidance and advice for Data Controllers, Data Processors and Data Protection Officers (link to the Commissioner’s blog). In addition to the Commissioner’s blog, the ICO has also released two newly updated guidance documents, which HEAT recommends to members as of significant importance. However, as […]

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HEAT service provision to NCOP consortia

Following a consultation of the HEAT membership and HEFCE, we are now able to announce details of the service HEAT can provide for NCOP consortia. The HEAT-NCOP service will include dedicated staff to provide training, support and access to the HEAT database which can be used as a data repository and reporting tool, a range of relevant datasets, and HEAT Track reports. Consortium members will receive a specific HEAT package and each consortium that subscribes to this service will pay 0.2% of its NCOP funding allocation. To help clarify the rationale for the NCOP service subscription cost, please read the […]

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Access to admissions data via the ADRN

In a letter recently sent out to university Vice-Chancellors, Mary Curnock Cook (OBE), Chief Executive of UCAS, announced the transfer of a comprehensive set of named individual-level admissions data to the UK Data Archive at the University of Essex for access by academic researchers via the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN). Approximately 35 million data items from 2007 to 2015 have been transferred, covering 4.8 million applicants, which will be updated annually. This will enable researchers to access and link individual-level data in safe, secure and appropriately controlled environments to support research into progression and access to higher education. In […]

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