Key Information Sets

About the Key Information Sets

Key Information Sets are comparable sets of standardised information about undergraduate courses.  They are designed to allow prospective undergraduate students (and other interested parties, including the media) to compare data between programmes and institutions.  The data is published through both the Unistats (UK HE comparison) website, through widgets hosted on institutions' prospectus webpages and as tables on individual prospectus pages.

Note: data is only produced for programmes with direct entry and which are more than a year long. For programmes with p/t and f/t modes, only f/t produce data.

What's in the Key Information Sets?

University of Bristol data

  1. Proportion of time spent in various learning and teaching activities (by year/stage of study - links to programme specification)
  2. Proportion of summative assessment by method (by year/stage of study - links to programme specification)

The above data is compiled from unit data and published on individual course prospectus pages.

Below is an example of what the data looks like in the online prospectus:

 An example of T & A data published in 2018 prospectus

UNISTATS data

The UNISTATS data contains 18 items of information that students have identified as useful:

  1. Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of my course (from NSS, % agree)
  2. Staff are good at explaining things (from NSS, % agree)
  3. Staff have made the subject interesting (from NSS, % agree)
  4. The course is intellectually stimulating (from NSS, % agree)
  5. The course has challenged me to achieve my best work (from NSS, % agree)
  6. My course has provided me with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth (from NSS, % agree)
  7. My course has provided me with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics (from NSS, % agree)
  8. My course has provided me with opportunities to apply what I have learnt (from NSS, % agree)
  9. The criteria used in marking have been clear in advance (from NSS, % agree)
  10. Marking and assessment has been fair (from NSS, % agree)
  11. Feedback on my work has been timely (from NSS, % agree)
  12. I have received helpful comments on my work (from NSS, % agree)
  13. I have been able to contact staff when I needed to (from NSS, % agree)
  14. I have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to my course (from NSS, % agree)
  15. Good advice was available when I needed to make study choices on my course (from NSS, % agree)
  16. The course is well organised and running smoothly (from NSS, % agree)
  17. The timetable works efficiently for me (from NSS, % agree)
  18. Any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively (from NSS, % agree)
  19. The IT resources and facilities provided have supported my learning well (from NSS, % agree)
  20. The library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported my learning well (from NSS, % agree)
  21. I have been able to access course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when I needed to (from NSS, % agree)
  22. I feel part of a community of staff and students (from NSS, % agree)
  23. I have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of my course (from NSS, % agree)
  24. I have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on my course (from NSS, % agree)
  25. Staff value students’ views and opinions about the course (from NSS, % agree)
  26. It is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on (from NSS, % agree)
  27. The students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests (from NSS, % agree)
  28. Professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (those that recognise programme and type of recognition - as specified in programme specification)
  29. Salary data for those in full-time employment  (from the DLHE, course data: upper quartile, median & lower quartile after six months, JACS subject data: regionally adjusted upper quartile, median & lower quartile across all institutions after six months and also the regionally adjusted upper quartile, median & lower quartile for JACS subject across all institutions at 40 months after graduation
  30. Going on to work or study (from the DLHE, graduates six months after completing programme)
  31. Employment (from the DLHE, of those employed, proportion in different types of jobs)
  32. Continuation (from HESA, what students are doing one year after starting course)
  33. Class of Degree (from HESA, what degree class students obtained)
  34. Entry qualifications (from HESA, qualifications of students on entry)
  35. UCAS tarif scores (from HESA)

About the UNISTATS widget

The UNISTATS data is accessible both from the Unistats website and also via a widget hosted on institutional prospectus webpages. The widget contains the items listed below which are displayed on a rolling basis.  The widget links to the full dataset on the Unistats site.

Rolling widget items:

  1. Percentage of students that agree that "staff are good at explaining things"
  2. Percentage of students that agree that "staff have made the subject interesting"
  3. Percentage of students that agree that "I received sufficient advice and guidance"
  4. Percentage of students that agree that "overall I am satisfied with the quality of the course"
  5. Percentage in work or study six months after finishing
  6. Percentage of students that go on to professional/managerial jobs at six months
  7. If programme has additional accreditation

Below is an example of what the widget looks like in the online prospectus:

Publication schedule

Institutions are required to annually update their Key Information Sets; this is done to the following schedule:

  • early August - deadline for institutional annual submission to HESA
  • late August - HESA make the annual update of KIS dataset live on Unistats and widgets

Institutions are able to update their Key Information Set data at any time during the year, for example as a new programme is advertised, the KIS dataset shown on Unistats and widgets is updated weekly.

HESA & HEFCE guidance

Contacts

If you have any queries or if you are worried that programme data shown on Unistats or in the prospectus may be incorrect please email j.strong@bristol.ac.uk in the Academic Quality and Policy Office.