The Statistics Unit is responsible for collecting, analysing and disseminating student & graduate data returned to the HEA from all HEA-funded institutions. These data form the Student Record System database in the HEA (the SRS).

We provide analyses of higher education student enrolments, new entrants and graduates each year. Tables for download and data visualisations containing these data are available on these pages. We conduct analysis of student progression from first to second year annually. In addition to analysis of the SRS data, we gather graduate outcomes data via the annual Graduate Outcomes Survey, where we analyse the first destination of graduates and their earnings nine months after graduation. We also analyse the socio-economic profile of the higher education population each year using deprivation index scores derived from home address data.

The work of the Statistics Unit falls under three main themes:

  1. Who goes on to third level in Ireland – access, socio-economic analyses and spatial analyses.
  2. How do students perform at third level – progression, completion and final grades analyses.
  3. What are the outcomes for graduates after third level – annual Graduate Outcomes Survey analyses, analyses using linked admin. data in the CSO, including detailed earnings analyses.

By providing these insights into higher education students/graduates, we provide the Higher Education Authority, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science and the Minister with the necessary evidence to formulate effective higher education policy.


Dr Vivienne PattersonHead of Skills, Engagement and Statistics
Mr Victor PigottSenior Statistics Manager
Ms Valerie HarveyHead of Performance Evaluation
Dr Dawn CarrollData Analyst
Mr David SheilsData Analyst
Ms Janice LauData Analyst
Mr David HoranData Analyst
Mr John HoranDatabase Developer

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