Issue date: 27 September 2012
UWE Bristol welcomes the launch of Key Information Sets (KIS) a brand new information resource launched today [27 September 2012] that brings together information about UK undergraduate courses in a new way unistats.direct.gov.uk
The new resource contains information for students and careers advisers about student satisfaction, graduate employability, tuition fees and finance, accommodation and more, on each course.
The KIS information will be included on UWE's courses information on web pages, providing a snapshot of facts for student interested in studying that subject at the University.
KIS will help anyone thinking of entering higher education to make an informed decision about what and where to study. The new information will highlight areas such as employability and enable comparisons between similar courses at different institutions.
The new KIS data underlines UWE's strength and ability to provide students with strong employment outcomes. Whilst unemployment remains an issue nationally for UK graduates, UWE has consistently bucked the trend – featuring in the top 12 English universities for lowest unemployment in the last two years.
However statistics are no substitute for actually seeing what a University has to offer, so it's really important for students to go along to open days. UWE Bristol has two Open Days this Autumn; Saturday 6 October 2012 and another on 10 November 2012. Open Days are an excellent way for potential students to get a feel for a place, to speak to lecturers and current students, and to view facilities.
A good university experience is also about taking opportunities when they come up - Peter Reed the Olympic rower got his opportunity to row whilst studying at UWE – just one of the many activities open to students who join UWE.
KIS data covers teaching and learning, but it is also vital for students to consider what else a University has to offer - such as sports, student societies, networks and jobs on offer.
Professor Steve West, Vice Chancellor, welcomes the introduction of KIS, “It is important for every potential student and their advisors to get a clear picture of the course they want to study that can be easily compared to other institutions. We welcome the transparency this will bring to the process of choosing a university – one of the most important decisions a young person has to make. KIS will enable UWE's strengths to be clearly visible and enable a good match between a student's aspirations and the course that's right for them. My message to potential students would be to make the most of this new tool, but don't forget to go along to Open Days as well, it's the best way to get the full picture of what a university has to offer. Going to university is a life changing opportunity. You are investing in your future and therefore make sure you get a good fit between your goals and ambitions and the university that can best support you to achieve them.”
The KIS covers full-time and part-time undergraduate higher education courses in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for 2013-14 which subscribe to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). It also covers undergraduate programmes taught through further education colleges in England and Wales (this applies to colleges funded indirectly through a higher education institution and for courses HEFCE funds directly). The KIS does not cover short courses (one year full-time equivalent or less), postgraduate courses, those delivered entirely overseas, or closed courses.
The new Unistats site has been developed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE),in collaboration with the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the Department of Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland (DELNI), Universities UK, GuildHE and the Association of Colleges (AoC). Unistats covers all HEIs in the UK and HE courses in FECs in England and Wales. It is overseen by the Higher Education Public Information Steering Group (HEPISG), chaired by Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University.
The development of the KIS has resulted from the following research, consultation and pilot study:
- the views of 2,000 prospective and current students)
- responses to the consultation HEFCE 2010/31
- four expert working groups considered specific parts of the KIS
- a pilot study with eight institutions
- user testing in late 2011 and early 2012 across England, Scotland and Wales with more than 200 prospective HE students.
More information can be found at: www.hefce.ac.uk/whatwedo/lt/publicinfo/kis/kisresearchanddevelopment
Unistats data will also be used by other website providers. For example, Which? have already launched their guide and will shortly be updating their data to include Unistats data.
UWE courses datatbase
UWE open days