HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.
The HEFCE domain - www.hefce.ac.uk - 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.
Since its launch in September 2012, the Unistats web-site has received over 3.8 million page views and over 175,000 unique visitors – an average of 984 new visitors per day. The site is used extensively by prospective higher education students, their parents, careers advisers, teachers and higher education staff.
The research, commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Councils (note 1), looks at the site’s position in the market and how it is perceived and used, as well as issues such as navigation, search, filter and comparison functions, and data presentation. A separate report by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) focuses on the experiences and views of higher education institutions (note 2).
Key findings include:
Both reports made a number of recommendations for improvements to the search and filter functions and the presentation of data. HEFCE and HESA are using these findings to inform the development of the site. A number of changes have been made already, including enhancements to the search function. Improvements planned for September 2013 include:
Longer-term recommendations will be considered as part of a wider review of the provision of higher education information which is due to report in 2014-15.