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About the KIS and 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 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 taught and study patterns
  • how the course is assessed
  • course accreditation by professional bodies
  • course costs (such as tuition fees and accommodation).

Users can compare these and other data for different courses in which they are interested. The data is collected from universities and colleges 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 KIS data collection in partnership with HESA. Universities submit their data to HESA and further education colleges to HEFCE.

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

Timetable for the 2016 KIS collection



26 May 2016

Data collection systems open

Early July 2016

NSS and DLHE data added

14 July 2016

Valid data submission required

04 August 2016 (Noon)

Deadline for sign-off of data

10 to 24 August 2016

Data available for preview on UNISTATS website

25 August 2016 (Noon)

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

31 August 2016

Update of Unistats website with 2016 dataset

September 2016

System reopens for updates

Process for handling concerns raised about Unistats data quality

The process the funding bodies will follow to consider concerns raised about the quality of Key Information Set 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)

Read the circular letter: 'Unistats and the Key Information Set: Data collection timetable and changes for 2016'


Follow Unistats

Follow unistats on twitter for updates and information.

A toolkit of materials is available for teachers, careers advisers, and anyone involved in supporting prospective university students to decide what and where to study. 

The toolkit contains information and communications resources (posters, postcards, lesson plan) to help raise awareness about Unistats and the KIS.

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 13 July 2016