External Resources

Links to external resources - including data and data visualisations - on higher education (HE) in the UK that may be of interest to LSE staff can be found below.

Heidi Plus

More information can be found on our dedicated Heidi Plus webpage.

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Higher Education Statistics Agency

HESA collect and disseminate data about HE in the UK.  This includes supporting HE institutions in submitting, processing and understanding the data.

HESA publishes open data on many aspects of the HE sector.  This includes information about student numbers, staff demographics and finances of institutions.

View HESA data and analysis

Office for Students

The OfS is an independent public body that aims to make sure students succeed by working with HE institutions and reporting to the Department for Education.

The OfS produces a range of data and analysis on the HE sector.  The following OfS data visualisations may be of interest to LSE staff:

     •  Student outcomes dashboard
       Teaching Excellence Framework dashboard
     •  Size and shape of population dashboard
     •  Access and participation dashboard

See all the OfS data and analysis


Jisc is the designated data body for the OfS (taking over from HESA in October 2022). The not-for-profit agency provides managed and brokered products and services for UK tertiary education and research.

Explore the Jisc website

Research Excellence Framework

The REF is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in institutions that aims to secure world-class and dynamic research across the HE sector.

It is a process of review, carried out by expert panels in units of assessment based on subjects.  Each submission to a panel is assessed on the quality of outputs, their impact beyond academia and the research environment.

Find out more about the REF

Discover Uni

Discover Uni (formally Unistats) supports prospective undergraduate students by providing guidance on where and what to study.

Search and compare courses


WONKHE analyses policy in the UK HE sector through articles and events. 

The Deputy Editor David Kenohan produces a wide range of HE dashboards that can be found on Tableau Public.

Visit the WONKHE website