If you give us information about your disability status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or religion these may be included in the HESA Student Record to assist with monitoring equality of opportunity and eliminating unlawful discrimination in accordance with the Equality Act.
If you are enrolled at a higher education institution in England regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England the HESA student record will include details of any financial support you may receive from us to enable research into the provision of fair access to higher education.
Your sensitive information will not be used to make decisions about you. The HESA Student Record is used for four broad purposes:
Purpose 1 - Public functions
Education statistics and data
The HESA Student Record is used by some organisations to help carry out public functions connected with education in the UK. These organisations are data controllers in common of the HESA Student Record under the terms of the Data Protection Act. Such organisations include:
- Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
- Welsh Government
- Scottish Government
- Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland
- Higher Education Funding Council for England
- Higher Education Funding Council for Wales
- Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council
- Department for Education
- Research Councils
- The Data Service (on behalf of the Skills Funding Agency)
- The National College for Teaching and Leadership
- The National Health Service
- Office For Fair Access
and any successor bodies. These organisations may link information from the HESA Student Record with other information they hold. For example the Department for Education and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills link the HESA Student Record to the National Pupil Database and the Individual Learner Record. The Funding Councils link the HESA Student Record to data from the Student Loan Company. Linked data is used for research into education.
The HESA Student Record may also be used by some organisations to help carry out public functions that are not connected with education. Such uses may include the following:
- Measurement of population levels and migration by the Office for National Statistics, National Records of Scotland and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
- Monitoring of public expenditure by the National Audit Office
- Monitoring of the accuracy of electoral registers by Electoral Registration Officials.
Purpose 2 - Administrative uses
If you are enrolled at an institution in England: We and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) may compare your data to educational records from previous years to help determine the levels of your current qualifications. This may in turn affect the fees you are required to pay or the availability of a place for you to study with us.
Non-EU domiciled students
If you are a non-EU domiciled student HESA may be requested to provide data about you to the United Kingdom's immigration authorities. These authorities may process your personal data in order to carry out their public functions connected with immigration.
Your HESA record will not be used to make decisions about you other than for those uses outlined under Purpose 2.
Purpose 3 - HESA publications
HESA uses the HESA Student Record to produce statistical publications. These include some National Statistics publications and online management information services. HESA will take precautions to ensure that individuals are not identified from the data which are processed for Purpose 3.
Purpose 4 - Equal opportunity, research, journalism and other processing in which there is a legitimate interest
HESA and the other data controllers listed under Purpose 1 may also supply data to third parties where there is a legitimate interest in doing so. Examples of use for this purpose include:
- Equal opportunities monitoring
- Research - This may be academic research, commercial research or other statistical research where this is in the public interest
- Journalism - Where the relevant publication would be in the public interest e.g. league tables
- Provision of information to students and prospective students
Users to whom data may be supplied for Purpose 4 include:
- Higher education sector bodies
- Higher education providers
- Academic researchers and students
- Commercial organisations (e.g. recruitment firms, housing providers, graduate employers)
- Non-governmental organisations and charities
- Local, regional and national government bodies
Data supplied by HESA to third parties is supplied under contracts which require that individuals shall not be identified from the supplied data. A copy of HESA’s current agreement for the supply of data is available at www.hesa.ac.uk/bds-details#e.