Method of Travel – HESA Estates Management Record

About the data set 

Data about Environmental Information for UK higher education providers is collected by HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) annually as part of the Estates Management record. This free table includes information about each UK provider, covering a variety of environmental information including;

  • Grounds and buildings
  • Water and energy usage
  • Waste management
  • Transport
  • Other environmental measurements.

For this post I have used the 2014/5 submission, which is the most up to date publication available at the time of writing. For those not so familiar with HESA time frames you might feel it’s a bit odd that data relating to the academic year 2014/5 is the most up to date given we are in March 2017….  however HESA collect data relating to a reporting period of 01 August in year 1 to 31 July in year 2 and publish the results annually after the submission window.

Finding a topic

Having had a bit of a play in the excel file, Transport info caught my eye, so I decided I would begin my journey into #VisualisingHE Estates Management data with the following question:

Q1 – How do staff and students commute to university?

First off, I wanted to understand the distribution of different modes of travel taken by staff and students, provider by provider. The viz below shows how staff and students from the University of East Anglia commute to work or study. You can explore all providers on my Tableau Public dashboard ‘How do you commute‘. An iphone version is also available so that I can see it on my preferred device.

Method of travel single provider overview
Method of travel single provider overview

In summary, it is probably no surprise that traveling by car is the most common method of travel overall, but I hope, that visualising the data in this way helps understand provider locale and method of travel trends regionally and which providers are leading in what method.

Take a look at the exploratory dashboard on Tableau Public:

Method of travel_RegionRegional method of travel

Thanks for reading.



One thought on “Method of Travel – HESA Estates Management Record

  1. […] would seem a shame if i didn’t combine this cycle space viz with my first post focusing on method of commute, therefore my Q3 evolved to be something like […]


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