HESA Designates Data Body

This notice designates Jisc as the designated data body (DDB) for higher education in England. This designation is made under the provisions of the Higher Education Statistics Regulations 2009, as amended.

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Jisc will take over this responsibility from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), which is being merged with Jisc from 1 October 2022. Until that date, HESA remains the DDB, and all functions relating to that role will continue to be carried out by HESA.

 

The effect of this designation is that Jisc will be responsible for collecting, processing and disseminating statistical information about higher education in England. This includes information on students, staff, finances and performance.

 

Jisc will also ensure that the information it collects is used effectively to support decision-making and policy development in higher education.

 

This notice comes into force on 1 October 2022.

 

The Notice, which also includes information regarding the restrictions on the use of data held by the DDB can be found here:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/designation-of-the-data-body-for-higher-education-in-england

 

The restrictions include:

 

The data must not be used for any other purpose than that specified in the notice; and

 

The data must not be disclosed to anyone other than a person authorised to receive it under the notice.

 

In addition, the data must be used per the Data Protection Act 1998 and any other legislation that applies to personal data handling.

 

This notice is made by powers conferred by sections 26(1) and (2) of, and paragraph 9(1) of Schedule 2A to, the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007.

 

In the document, also discusses the use of the data and what powers Jisc has to access it:

 

Jisc will use the information it collects for statistical purposes only. This includes compiling and publishing statistics, conducting research and providing advice to the government.

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Jisc will also have the power to require higher education institutions to provide information for statistical purposes. Institutions which fail to comply with a requisition may be subject to a financial penalty.

 

The Higher Education Statistics Regulations 2009 (as amended) set out the circumstances in which Jisc may disclose the information it holds. In general, Jisc will only disclose information where it is satisfied that the disclosure is necessary for statistical purposes or where disclosure is required by law.

 

Jisc will also have the power to require higher education institutions to provide information for statistical purposes. Institutions which fail to comply with a requisition may be subject to a financial penalty. The Higher Education Statistics Regulations 2009 (as amended) set out the circumstances in which Jisc may disclose the information it holds. In general, Jisc will only disclose information where it is satisfied that the disclosure is necessary for statistical purposes or where disclosure is required by law.

 

Jisc will be subject to the same restrictions on the use of data as HESA. These restrictions are designed to protect the confidentiality of individuals and organisations who provide information to Jisc.

 

What do you think of this designation? Do you consider having one organisation responsible for collecting data on higher education in England a good idea? Let us know your views in the comments below.

 

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