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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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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