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Unistats is one of the most widely used higher education course comparison web-sites in the UK for prospective students, their parents and advisers [Note 1]. Over the past year, it has attracted more than 250,000 unique visitors and over 5.2 million page views, helping to match students to universities and colleges.
Universities Minister David Willetts will formally announce the updates in a speech later today at Gresham College. He said:
‘We are empowering people by publishing unprecedented levels of information on their options.
‘It is making a real difference and more students than ever before are now getting their first choice university place.
‘The next stage is to let people access Unistats on their mobiles, at a time and place of their choosing.’
Unistats now has the latest data on courses for academic year 2013-14 [Note 2]. The site has also been improved after user testing and feedback [Note 3] to help students, their parents and advisers find and compare courses more easily, including [Note 4]:
We have refreshed the Unistats communications toolkit, which provides schools, careers advice organisations, and universities and colleges with resources to help raise awareness of Unistats. Users can follow @UnistatsUK on Twitter to keep up-to-date with key developments [Note 5].
HEFCE is leading a UK-wide review of the provision of information on higher education. The review will look at how prospective students make choices about what and where to study, and whether there is scope to improve the collection and dissemination of information [Note 6].
Heather Fry, HEFCE Director (Education and Participation), said:
‘The Unistats web-site and the creation of the Key Information Set has been a significant development in providing independent and comparable information to prospective students and their advisers. I am pleased that we have now been able to incorporate the latest trends in technology. We have developed a mobile version of the site and a new Twitter account, to engage with potential users of our web-site and to help support their decision-making. As our review of the provision of information continues, I hope that we can successfully engage the relevant communities in developing a new and improved model of information that meets a diverse range of needs.’
Rachel Wenstone, NUS Vice President (Higher Education) said:
‘Deciding what to study and where to go to university is a big decision and it is crucial that prospective applicants have relevant, impartial information in an easily accessible format. I’m really pleased that the improvements to the site have been made with students, parents and carers in mind and I hope it will contribute to helping even more students make the right application choices.
‘The information available needs to be combined with an understanding of the learning environment, the relationship between students and staff, as well as the role of student representation, all of which are such important factors in empowering individuals to make the right choices for them.’