Andy Youell

Director of Data Policy & Governance, HESA


Andy has spent 25 years working with data and information and with the systems and people that process it. Four years in the aviation industry was followed by five years with the PCFC and HEFCE where he ran data collections and liaised with the newly-formed HESA. In 1996 he joined HESA in a role focussed on improving the standard, and the broader understanding, of data quality. Andy became Director of Quality and Development in 1998 and assumed responsibility for the development of HESA systems (including the core data collection system and the HEIDI analysis system) and for quality issues throughout HESA via the ISO9001 standard.

In 2013 Andy was appointed Director of the Higher Education Data & Information Improvement Programme (HEDIIP) which was created to reduce the burden and increase the value and accessibility of data and information about HE. Andy is now working with colleagues at HESA to drive forward the implementation of the architecture that HEDIIP created.

Andy has advised governments in Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia and Oman on data processing and quality issues and he has worked on a UN project in Jordan that developed statistical reporting for universities across the Middle East.