The data shows numbers and proportions of students. We have also shown where measures in the data are statistically significant, as well as the upper and lower values between which we estimate the true measures to lie (confidence intervals).
The data covers UK-domiciled students studying at providers registered with the Office for Students at the time of publication. Information about students is attributed to the provider where they are registered (this may be different to where they are taught). Information about the whole sector includes data from all English higher education providers that submit to national collections.
The measures included in the dashboards come from national collections. These include student data collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and in the Individualised Learner Record (ILR). Students are also matched to the National Pupil Database (NPD) to determine their eligibility for Free School Meals at Key Stage 4.
Information about whether graduates are employed or in higher study currently comes from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE).
Data from the NPD is supplied from the Department for Education (DfE). The DfE does not accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived from the NPD data by third parties.
Updating the data
The dashboards will be updated later in 2021. This update will include information drawn from the Graduate Outcomes survey and a number of new classifications of student characteristics.
It will also include any providers newly registered with the OfS at the date of the update and any data amendments since 11 January 2021.
We expect to develop and refine the dataset as more measures become available.
Performance measures and how we produce the data
The dashboard, and a number of our other activities, use similar institutional performance measures. These are constructed from individualised student data returns.
This includes data that underpins how we regulate access and participation, and quality and standards as a condition of registration.
We have published technical documents which explain how we produce the data, and how we define the measures of access, continuation, success and progression.
Read our FAQs on the dashboard data