Like other universities, London Metropolitan University routinely passes certain personal data about students and staff to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). HESA is the official agency for the collection, analysis and dissemination of quantitative information about higher education in the UK. It was set up by agreement between government departments, the higher education funding councils and universities and colleges.
HESA collects and analyses data for its various statutory customers, which are government departments and agencies like the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). It also publishes statistics and may supply data in anonymised form to third parties. The provision of data to HESA is required by law and as a condition of the funding which the University receives from HEFCE. London Met also contacts recent graduates on HESA's behalf to conduct the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. From December 2018 this will become the Graduate Outcomes survey. These transfers of data are required by law and are also a condition of London Met's funding.
HESA has provided the following statements on the collection and use of personal data from students and staff. Please note that the "We" referred to in the statements refers to London Metropolitan University (following the links below will take you to the HESA website).