Heidi Plus


Heidi Plus launched in November 2015, and aims to save time and money by making it quick and easy for decision makers to directly access the information they need. This can free up time for data specialists to interrogate data in depth and produce striking graphics, maps and visualisations. The system’s flexibility enables analysis of HESA’s official data on students, graduates, staff, finances, business interactions and estates.

The Heidi Plus system is freely available to HE institutions with a full HESA subscription, enabling them to gain competitive insights and inform strategic decision-making. Non-profit HE sector bodies can also subscribe to Heidi Plus as an invaluable tool for research, reporting and policy-making. The data in Heidi Plus covers the whole UK HE sector.

Paul Clark, Chief Executive of HESA said: “HESA is keen to help institutions meet the demands of efficiency and data is a critical component of this agenda. Heidi Plus will keep down the costs of analysing data and can be used to make better decisions about how to allocate scarce resources and benchmark organisations in terms of their operational efficiency.

Phil Richards, Jisc’s Chief Innovation Officer, said: “Jisc is dedicated to empowering educators, researchers and professional services colleagues through the effective use of digital technology. The launch of Heidi Plus represents an enormous achievement in pursuit of this aim.

“Deployment of the Heidi Plus service marks a step-change in UK Higher Education’s business intelligence capabilities. It opens the door to significant cost savings, better decision-making and faster access to shared data while ensuring the sector stays globally competitive.”

Read the full press release at www.hesa.ac.uk/pr223.

Heidi Plus helps staff from UK higher education (HE) providers and not-for-profits harness powerful insights from HE data.

Drag-and-drop visualisations and dashboards

The intuitive drag-and-drop software is easy to use – it takes minutes to create interactive visualisations and dashboards to reveal the insights you need. You can create competitor groups to benchmark against and choose from different metrics and filters to suit your needs. You’ll also find ready-made dashboards to help you plan around sector challenges.

Extensive and time-series HE data

Heidi Plus provides access to extensive and current UK HE data. It includes up to 10 years of the most recent data, updated on a regular basis, so you can rest assured that you’re gaining the newest insights to inform your decisions.

World-leading software – anytime, anywhere

Heidi Plus is delivered through Tableau Server – a five-times Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader (2017) for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms. You can access data from wherever you are and extend licences across your organisation to support an integrated approach to your business intelligence.

Ready-made dashboards to inform planning

Analytics Labs is rapidly adding to our Heidi Plus dashboard collection. Teams create new dashboards to answer pressing business questions, drawing on HESA and other data sources.

Ongoing training and support

Our regular Heidi Plus Essentials and Advanced training courses will equip you with the skills you need to use Heidi Plus. We also have a dedicated Heidi Plus support team who can answer queries you have as you go along.

Further information about Heidi Plus can be found on the HESA website.