When using this dataset, its useful to compare characteristics with those of students. However, you can only connect the data using Cost Centre, which is only available at FTE detail rather than FPE or headcount. Also, note that mandatory fields are different between the two datasets which may make comparisons.
FTE, FPE and Headcount
HESA collects data at FTE, FPE and on a headcount basis; however different attributes are applicable at each level of detail.