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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Unistats is the primary source of official and impartial information to assist prospective students in choosing the right course for them and to support parents, teachers and careers advisers in helping them make that decision. It has received over 1.4 million visits since its launch in 2012, and surveys consistently indicate high levels of satisfaction among visitors.

The data on Unistats has now been updated to include responses from the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS), the most recent employment statistics from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE) such as the types of jobs graduates go on to do and their salaries, as well as a range of other information such as the cost of accommodation and study patterns.

This year the UK higher education funding bodies have changed their policy on publishing survey results so data can now be published for some courses with small numbers of students. Data for these courses was previously grouped with courses in the same subject area at the institution or could not be published. This means that more course-level data than last year should now be available.

An animated video has been added to improve understanding of the data on Unistats, for example it explains how to consider sample sizes and response rates when comparing survey outcomes. First-time visitors might also find this video tutorial helpful in getting the most from the site, as it shows them how to retrieve and compare the data for courses they are interested in.


  1. Information available on Unistats includes responses to the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS). The NSS is a UK-wide survey of final-year undergraduates which includes questions about various aspects of the course as well as asking about overall satisfaction. More than 300,000 students responded to the survey this year, which represents a response rate of 71 per cent, so it is a good source of information about likely experience on a course.