The data on Discover Uni is called the Unistats dataset. We operate the Unistats data collection in partnership with the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
Discover Uni currently displays data from the 2019 Unistats dataset. This dataset contains information about courses that will run in the 2020-21 academic year.
Although the data collection completed on 16 August 2019, providers can update their existing information on Discover Uni by resubmitting their data to HESA (universities and alternative providers) or the Office for Students (further education colleges).
Newly registered providers in England are required to submit and sign off a Unistats return within two months of the date of registration.
Detailed guidance on the content of the data collection is available on the HESA website.
Timetable for the 2020 Unistats data collection
The 2020 Unistats collection will open from 29 May 2020. Please note that, for this collection onwards, all providers will be required to submit their Unistats data to HESA. Further information can be found on the HESA website.
The timetable for the 2020 collection is now available.
The 2020 Unistats dataset will contain information about courses that will run in the 2021-22 academic year, and will be published on Discover Uni in September 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 for the next academic 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.
See guidance on how to implement the new widget on the HESA website.