Higher Education Statistics Agency

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

Higher Education Statistics Agency
Legal statusCompany limited by guarantee and Charity
PurposeHigher education statistics in the UK
HeadquartersCheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Region served
United Kingdom
Chief Executive
Paul Clark
Main organ
Board of Directors
AffiliationsUniversities UK, GuildHE

HESA 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. In 2018 HESA became the Designated Data Body for higher education in England under the Higher Education and Research Act 2017.

HESA is a company limited by guarantee whose members are Universities UK and GuildHE.