Thursday 1 December 1994 was a significant milestone in the world of HE data. At the stroke of midnight an employee of the West London Institute of HE sent the first ever student return to the HESA servers in Cheltenham. For the first time the sector had a UK-wide, post binary-divide data and information system.
Recently we have seen more interest in the relationships universities and colleges have with schools. To help inform these relationships we have cut our existing data on young participation by secondary school area. The result reveals some interesting mapping.
Recent public debate has made much of where things happen. Stopping short of a longer list, the national distribution of power, population, GDP, house prices, levels of health, have all come under scrutiny. But what about higher education? What does the geography of ‘HE provision’ reveal?