|Legal status||Company limited by guarantee and Charity|
|Purpose||Higher education statistics in the UK|
|Headquarters||Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England|
|Board of Directors|
|Affiliations||Universities 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 collects data from all publicly funded higher education institutions (HEIs) in the UK as well as a small number of private providers. The annual data collection streams are:
HESA publishes statistics and analyses based on the data it collects: