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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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In 2015, the UK funding bodies carried out a review of Unistats and the KIS, as part of a wider ‘Review of Provision of Information about Learning and Teaching, and the Student Experience’.  One of the key findings from this review was that detailed information about course structure and delivery was what prospective students found most important, and that the summary of metrics presented on Unistats was not the best way to provide it.

The outcomes of that consultation, ‘Summary of responses to consultation on changes to the National Student Survey, Unistats and information provided by institutions’ (HEFCE 2016/15), published in August 2016, included the decision to remove some information and transfer responsibility for publishing detailed information, including course delivery and costs, to providers’ own websites.  The funding bodies will collect data on course-level links and publish it on Unistats so that students can access it easily.

To support providers in supplying this information, the funding bodies, jointly with the National Union of Students, Universities UK, GuildHE and the Association of Colleges, have published this guide to good practice for providers to implement by 1 September 2017. The circular letter ‘Good practice guide on publishing information for prospective undergraduate students’ (HEFCE Circular letter 05/2017), introduces the guide and its future development.

How the guide was developed

The guide was developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) on behalf of the UK funding bodies and their partners. The development process involved the following stages:

  • a rapid research literature review
  • conversations with staff in institutions
  • the forming of a sector focus group and advisory group
  • consultation on a draft guide with  the participants responsible for providing information to students.

Further development of the guide

We will evaluate the guide and its use in autumn 2017. The evaluation will be an analysis of conversations with the sector, success indicators and feedback received at the dedicated email address,

Details of the evaluation process will be published in September 2017, followed by outcomes and a revision of the guide later in the year.

Page last updated 6 March 2017

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