The data on Discover Uni is still called the Unistats dataset. We operate the Unistats data collection in partnership with the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
- universities and alternative providers submit their data to HESA
- further education colleges submit their data to the Office for Students.
Detailed guidance on the content of the data collection is available on the HESA website.
Timetable for the Unistats data collection
The data collection for 2019 completed on 16 August 2019. Newly registered providers in England are required to submit and sign off a Unistats return within two months of the date of registration.
The timetable for the 2020 collection will be published in early 2020.
Changes to Unistats dataset
This year we took the opportunity to consider whether there is data within the current Unistats dataset for which we are not seeing a strong user need.
Based on our research, we decided to remove the degree class information from the 2019 dataset, so this will no longer be published or included in the open dataset.
As we indicated in our May Unistats publication, we plan to review and make changes to the data that we publish next year.
Discover Uni widget
We have not changed the design of the widget significantly from previous years. The changes that providers need to make to implement the new version are kept to a minimum but we have made it clearer where data has been aggregated to subject level.
We will also no longer be requiring providers to display widgets for courses that would have no data appear on them.
The new widget will be configured as currently, but it will need to point to a different URL to access the code and data.
The data displayed on the widget will initially be:
- the percentages of students that agreed that they were overall satisfied and that staff were good at explaining things from the National Student Survey
- the percentage of students in work or further study after six months from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. This will change next year after we discontinue use of DLHE data.
The old widget will have ceased to function when we replaced Unistats with Discover Uni. This should therefore be removed from provider websites as soon as possible. As in previous years, however, providers have until 30 September 2019 to configure the new widget with current course data.
See guidance on how to implement the new widget on the HESA website.