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HESA returns 2012-13

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) is the official agency for the collection, analysis and dissemination of quantitative information about higher education.

It was set up by agreement between the relevant government departments, the higher education funding councils and the universities and colleges in 1993, following the White Paper “Higher Education: a new framework”, which called for more coherence in HE statistics, and the 1992 Higher and Further Education Acts, which established an integrated higher education system throughout the United Kingdom.

Cardiff University Objectives 2012/13

To collect personal and contract information for all staff employed between 1st August 2012 and 31st July 2013.  This includes casual staff as well as contracted employees.

Most of this information is captured through our current HR systems however there are new data requirements for the 2012/13 return that we do not hold centrally.  With this in mind we are asking schools to provide any information we may currently be missing.

Data Collection

To capture any missing information for staff we will send each school a spreadsheet with the full cohort of people and contracts we expect to return to HESA for 2013.  From this we ask that the school complete the fields required for this return from a selection of drop down options.

For the fields you are require to complete please see the attached PDF file to the right.  This will provide full guidance for how each item should be populated.  Clinical and Healthcare staff information should only be completed by the relevant schools.


Please send any queries to and include “HESA2013” in the subject line.  This ensures the email is routed directly to the Management Information team. 

You can also phone on ext. 79777