Welsh HE national measures dashboards help users benchmark performance against national measures for higher education.
Jisc has today released a new suite of interactive dashboards - Welsh HE national measures - as part of the Heidi Plus service, specifically for Welsh higher education (HE) providers.
The dashboards combine a variety of data sources and will help users to understand and benchmark their performance against Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) national measures for higher education performance, and support them in developing and monitoring HE providers’ annual fee and access plans.
Built with planners in mind, the suite provides 29 dashboards addressing each of the 29 national measures. It also includes two high-level scorecard views, which can be shared with leadership teams and governing bodies.
Rhodri Rowlands, senior data and visualisation developer at Jisc, said:
“These dashboards have been built to help our members in Wales to more easily benchmark their performance against HEFCW measures. They will help users to analyse and explore relevant data, and importantly, will provide a single source of that data, making it much easier to gain the required insights.”
Developed in partnership with potential users in the HE sector, the dashboards will be available to purchase for those with a Heidi Plus subscription, and have been partially funded by HEFCW.
Dr David Blaney, chief executive of HEFCW, said:
“National measures in Wales are important benchmarking tools for HE organisations, and having one place to easily view the related data in a readable way will make planners’ lives easier. Being able to see at a glance, for example, student participation and retention, the diversity of their student and staff populations, or graduate employment, and to drill down further into this data, will be invaluable to the planning process at this time of extraordinary pressures on higher education.”
Mike Wilson, head of planning and student data at Bangor University, said:
“We have lacked the ability to interrogate the data and metrics associated with Welsh Government HE policy in the same manner as we are able to for many English or UK-wide HE data and metrics. This has left a considerable gap in intelligence and insight that Welsh universities could benefit from when trying to develop a deeper understanding of these Wales-specific data and metrics, and particularly to understand how these metrics intersect with each other, and with other HE data. These new dashboards will provide valuable context, in depth, that will inform the development of institutional strategy.”
Welsh HE national measures will be rolled out in two phases; the first relating specifically to student national measures benchmarking, and the second focusing on non-student measures along with cross-border movement of students and their original domicile.
The first phase is available from today (3 November) and the second will be available in early February. Billing will not begin until the full service is available.