Data Process Purpose
The Student Records System (SRS): The SRS is the HEA student database containing administrative student data returned to the HEA each year from HEA-funded higher education institutions. Data goes back as far as 2004. Data are at microdata level – student level data includes PPSN and, from 2018 onwards, name and address are also included. This is the main source of data for higher education statistics in Ireland and is used to provide evidence in support of higher education policy-making. There are hundreds of thousands of individual records in the SRS, with dozens of student, course and institute level variables.
The Equal Access Survey (EAS): The EAS is an annual voluntary survey of first year undergraduate new entrants to HEA-funded higher education institutions. The survey is conducted by each higher education institution and data is returned to the HEA. A private contractor (currently Insight Statistical Consulting) codes parents’ occupation into socio-economic group data on behalf of the HEA. Data are at individual/identifiable student level and are linked via PPSN/student ID to SRS data and from 2018 onwards, it will also link to the Graduate Outcomes Survey data. Variables include disability status, ethnicity, parents’ occupations and socio-economic class/group, i.e. sensitive personal data.
Graduate Outcomes Survey: This is an annual voluntary survey of graduates from HEA funded higher education institutions, nine months after graduation. The survey is conducted by each higher education institution and data is returned to the HEA. Data are collected, stored and analysed at student level. Variables include present situation, occupation and salary. The Higher Education Authority’s First Destinations Survey was first carried out by the institutions in 1982.
The Irish Survey of Student Engagement: This is annual voluntary survey of students in higher education institutions. The survey is conducted by a private contractor (currently iGraduate). At present, these data are not linked into any other data sources.
The Eurostudent Survey: This is a periodic (not annual) European wide voluntary survey of higher education students. A private contractor (currently Insight Statistical Consulting) conducts the Irish survey with higher education institutions and data are returned to the HEA in aggregate format. Data collected includes student income and expenditure.
Fund for Student Disabilities (FSD): The Fund for Students with Disabilities (FSD) provides funding to institutions to provide supports and services to ensure that eligible learners with disabilities can participate on an equal basis with their non-disabled peers. The Fund has been in place since 1994 and since 2003 has been managed by the HEA on behalf of the Department of Education & Skills. The Fund for Students with Disabilities is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Program for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014 – 2020.

Student Assistance Fund SAF: The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills (DES). The Fund is allocated to higher education institutions (HEIs).
The Student Assistance Fund is an objective of the Third Level Access measure which is co-funded by the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.
The Fund has a dual focus and is designed to support students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds with ongoing needs for financial support AND to provide emergency financial assistance for other students.
Erasmus The Erasmus Programme (EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students[) is a European Union (EU) student exchange programme