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We have published a guide to good practice for UK providers on the information they publish for prospective undergraduate students.

Read 'Good practice guide publishing information for prospective undergraduate students (HEFCE 05/2017).

About Unistats

Unistats data

The unistats dataset is freely available for reuse under the Open Government Licence.

More about the data

Unistats draws together comparable information in areas students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.

The core information it contains is called the Unistats data set (formerly the Key Information Set (KIS), which includes:

    • student satisfaction from the National Student Survey (NSS)
    • student destinations on finishing their course from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey
  • how the course is assessed
  • course accreditation by professional bodies.

Users can compare these and other data for different courses in which they are interested. The data is collected from HE providers and from students in the DLHE and NSS surveys.

Ownership and operation

HEFCE manages the Unistats website on behalf of the four UK higher education funding bodies.

We operate the Unistats data collection in partnership with HESA. Universities and alternative providers submit their data to HESA and further education colleges to HEFCE.

Detailed guidance on the data collection is available on the HESA website. We receive guidance from the Higher Education Public Information Steering Group on policy in this area.

Changes to Unistats data collection for autumn 2017

The Key Information Set (KIS) data collection for 2017 has been renamed and is now known as the Unistats data collection.

The Unistats data collection requires providers to return a reduced dataset which includes links to detailed information about course delivery and costs on their own websites. Unistats will link to this information on the institutional pages.

This change is a result of the review of Unistats overseen by the UK Higher Education Public Information Steering Group.

Timetable and process for the Unistats data collection for 2017



25 May 2017

Data collection systems open.

Early July 2017

NSS and DLHE survey data added.

13 July 2017

Valid data submission required.

8 August 2017 (noon)

Deadline for sign-off of data.

14 to 25 August 2017 

Data available for preview on Unistats website.

29 August 2017 (noon)

Final deadline for submission and sign-off of any amendments prior to publication of new dataset on Unistats.

4 September 2017

Update of Unistats website with the 2017 dataset.

Early September 2017

Collection systems reopen for updates.

29 September 2017

Deadline for update of widgets to reflect new course data.

For further information on the Unistats data collection read the circular letter: ‘Unistats: Data collection timetable and changes for 2017’.

Process for handling concerns raised about Unistats data quality

The process the funding bodies will follow to consider concerns raised about the quality of Unistats data and DLHE survey data on Unistats, and the possible action we may take as a result, is outlined below.

Download the Unistats-data-concerns-process as PDF (160 KB)


Follow Unistats

Follow unistats on twitter for updates and information.

Resources for teachers and advisors 

For teachers and other advisors involved in supporting prospective higher education students to decide what and where to study we provide a resource pageavailable, containing information, posters and postcards to print-off.

Further information

For general queries, please take a look at our FAQs. If these do not answer your question, please email us at

Page last updated 20 March 2017