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Paul Clark

Chief Executive,
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

Paul Clark is the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). He has led the organisation since 2015. Prior to that, he has worked for more than 20 years in the higher education sector, in a range of senior roles, and across a variety of organisations. Paul has led a number of sector-wide data and policy initiatives, including work on transforming the data landscape for UK higher education, developing an open data strategy for HE, cyber security, improving data skills and capability, and using data to improve decision-making.

  • Assessing the role of HESA in supporting the HE sector to advance capabilities and data maturity to support improved planning and decision making
  • Understanding the expectations on universities in collecting and reporting on key indicators and assessing how HESA is supporting a new streamlined collection process through the Data Futures programme
  • Evaluating the next steps in marketing insight, bench marking and sector analysis through Heidi Plus to support enhanced data visualisation and business intelligence for universities
  • Exploring the future of HE data infrastructure and assessing opportunities for improving the quality, efficiency and accessibility of data provision