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

Aspire Higher
Aspire To HE
Aston University
Bath Spa University
Bournemouth University
Brunel University
Buckinghamshire New University
Canterbury Christ Church University
City University
Cumbria Collaborative Outreach Programme
Durham University
Edge Hill University
Essex Collaborative Outreach Network
Falmouth University
Force (The University Of Hull Federation Of Regional Colleges For Engagement)
Future Quest
Future U
Go Higher West Yorkshire
Goldsmiths College, University of London
Greater Manchester Higher
Grows (GAP)
Hepp SY+
Higher York
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Kent & Medway Progression Federation
Kent And Medway Collaborative Outreach Programme
King’s College London
Kingston University
Leeds Beckett University
Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts
Liverpool John Moores University
London Metropolitan University
London NCOP

London School Of Economics And Political Science
Merseyside Network For Collaborative Outreach (Shaping Futures)
Middlesex University
Network For East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (NEACO)
Next Steps South West
North East Collaborative Outreach Programme
Oxford Brookes University
Plymouth Marjon University
Queen Mary, University Of London
Realising Opportunities
Royal Agricultural University
Sheffield Hallam University
Southampton Solent University
Southern Universities Network
St Mary’s University, Twickenham
Staffordshire University
Study Higher
Sussex Learning Network
Teesside University
The Brightside Trust
The Higher Education Outreach Network (HEON)
The Manchester Metropolitan University
The Nottingham Trent University
The Sutton Trust
Think Higher
University College London
University for the Creative Arts
University Of Bath
University of Bedfordshire
University of Brighton
University of Bristol
University of Cambridge
University of Central Lancashire
University of Chester
University of Chichester

University of Cumbria
University of East Anglia
University of East London
University of Essex
University of Exeter
University of Greenwich
University of Hertfordshire
University of Hull
University of Kent
University of Lancaster
University of Leeds
University of Liverpool
University of Manchester
University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
University of Northampton
University of Northumbria At Newcastle
University of Oxford
University of Plymouth
University of Portsmouth
University of Reading
University of Salford
University of Sheffield
University of Southampton
University Of Suffolk
University of Sunderland
University of Surrey
University of Sussex
University of the West of England, Bristol
University of Warwick
University of West London
University of Winchester
University of Wolverhampton
University of York
Wessex Inspiration Network
York St John University

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