Background to Heidi


Heidi is a web-based management information service developed to ease the burden for users in higher education providers of accessing, extracting and manipulating data for essential planning and reporting. Heidi contains a rich source of quantitative data about higher education, including;

HESA data:

  • Summary data from the HESA Student, Staff, Finance, HE-BCI, Estates Management and Destinations collections
  • Performance Indicators
  • Student Staff Ratios

Non-HESA data:

  • UCAS, CUKAS and GTTR applications and accepted applicants
  • National Student Survey
  • SCONUL Library Management Statistics
  • Research Excellence Framework

The service was launched in 2007 and was developed in partnership with The University of Leeds and BUFDG.

Heidi is run by the Higher Education Statistics Agency and is available to all higher education providers subscribed to HESA. Heidi is also available on a subscription basis to not for profit national bodies and alternative higher education providers for non-commercial purposes only.

Heidi is currently used by over 4,700 users at higher education providers.