What is HEAT & Who are our Members?

A solution to monitoring and evaluation

The Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT) Service was initially formed in 2011 to target, monitor and evaluate outreach programmes; and to track students’ progression from school into Higher Education and beyond. HEAT is a non-profit-making service that is founded, governed and funded by members through equal subscription.

We begin with our database...

The HEAT Database is a secure online database that enables standardised and bespoke data collection for subscribers. This specifically designed tool facilitates reporting on students and/or on activities, including:

• Secure and confidential recording of individual students and their participation activities
• Import and exports to ease data capture and outputs
• Sharing functions to support shared data across partners
• Postcode profiling
• Multiple users for each member

The HEAT track, reporting and collaborative research

The HEAT Track enables subscribers to track individual students through the outreach process and – subject to appropriate consent – through administrative data sets such as the Department for Education, the Skills Funding Agency and the Higher Education Statistics Agency. Data sharing across agencies allows HEAT to provide measures of impact at individual level. By linking participant data to student outcome data, we can explore in detail the relationship between outreach participation and student success.

The HEAT online database lets subscribers run their own student, activity and postcode reports whenever they are needed. The HEAT Service also provides a range of contextualised reports to subscribers across each academic year.

HEAT subscribers use the data collated by the Service to inform their forward planning. HEAT data helps them target specific cohorts of participants and deliver activities in the most effective way.

Collaborative research
HEAT subscribers are now working together to develop a research community amongst outreach practitioners to improve evaluation, and to respond to changes in guidance and funding by providing evidence of impact.

The benefits of joining HEAT

HEAT was founded on five principles:

• Sharing monitoring, evaluation and analysis costs
• Avoiding duplication across the sector
• Sharing best practice and collaborating in research
• Providing fit-for-purpose tools and information
• Building evidence of the impact of outreach work

Subscribers see value for money through shared services and the principles of the original HEAT collaboration remain its raison d’être. All new members are asked to commit to these principles when joining.

How to become a part of HEAT?

The journey towards becoming a member of the HEAT community starts here at this site. If you would like to make initial inquiries to discuss HEAT and decide if the service is right for you, please click the button below to send an expression of interest or email our Project Manager Jayne Lawson directly.

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Current HEAT Members

Aston University
University of Bath
Bath Spa University
University of Bedfordshire
Bournemouth University
University of Brighton
University of Bristol
Brunel University London
Buckingham New University
University of Cambridge
Canterbury Christ Church University
University of Central Lancashire
University of Chester
University of Chichester
City University London
University for the Creative Arts
University College London
University of Cumbria
University of East Anglia
University of East London
Edgehill University
University of Essex
University of Exeter
Falmouth University
Goldsmiths University
University of Greenwich
University of Hertfordshire
University of Hull
Imperial College London
University of Kent
King’s College London
Kingston University
Lancaster University
University of Leeds
Leeds Beckett University
University of Liverpool
Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts
Liverpool John Moores University
London Metropolitan University
London School of Economics
University of Manchester
Manchester Metropolitan University
Middlesex University
University of Newcastle
University of Northampton
Northumbria University
Nottingham Trent University
University of Oxford
Oxford Brookes University
Plymouth Marjon University
Plymouth University
University of Portsmouth
Queen Mary University of London
University of Reading
Realising Opportunities
Royal Agricultural University
St Mary’s University Twickenham
University of Salford
University of Sheffield
Sheffield Hallam University
University of Southampton
Southampton Solent University
University of Suffolk
University of Sunderland
University of Surrey
University of Sussex
Teesside University
University of Warwick
University of the West of England
University of West London
University of Winchester
University of Wolverhampton
University of York
York St John University

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