UK Performance Indicators in Higher Education

UK Performance Indicators Index
UK Performance Indicators in higher education
Governance of UK Performance Indicators
Guide to UKPIs
Summary tables and charts
Notes to tables
Definitions of terms
Changes to the UKPIs
Widening participation of under-represented groups (tables T1, T2)
Widening participation of students who are in receipt of DSA (table T7)
Non-continuation rates (including projected outcomes) (tables T3, T4, T5)
Module completion rates (table T6)
Research output (table R1)
Employment of leavers (table E1)

UK Performance Indicators provide comparative data on the performance of institutions in widening participation, student retention, learning and teaching outcomes, research output and employment of graduates. They cover publicly-funded higher education institutions in the UK.

HESA produce the performance indicators on behalf of the following bodies:

    HEFCE      HEFCW

    SFC       DELNI

HESA has published the UK Performance Indicators since 2002/03. In previous years, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) published them on behalf of the four UK funding bodies. Indicators prior to 2002/03 are available from the HEFCE web site at

The specification for the production of the indicators is determined by the UK Performance Indicators Steering Group (UKPISG). The membership of this group is drawn from government departments, the funding councils and representative bodies. Enquiries regarding UKPISG should be directed to Mark Gittoes at HEFCE.

A fundamental review of the UK Performance Indicators has recently been completed. For further information on the outcomes of the review please see

UK Performance Indicators 2012/13 (excluding the research and employment indicators) published: 27 March 2014 (09:30).
UK Research and Employment indicators 2012/13 to be published: 3 July 2014 (09:30).


Main tables and definitions Supporting documentation
Widening participation of under-represented groups (T1, T2).
Percentage of undergraduate students from state schools or colleges, specified
socio-economic classes and low-participation neighbourhoods.
Coverage of the UK Performance Indicators (UKPIs) and their purpose.
Widening participation of students who are in receipt of DSA (T7).
Percentage of undergraduate students who are in receipt of Disabled Students’
Guide to PIs
A "plain English" guide to what the PIs are and what they mean.

Non-continuation rates (T3, T4, T5).
Non-continuation rates of undergraduate students, including projected outcomes.
Summary tables and charts
A round-up of findings of this year's UKPIs.
Module completion rates (T6).
Pass rates of part-time undergraduate students at Welsh institutions.
Notes to tables
Numbered notes which are referenced in the tables.
Research output (R1).
Four indicators of annual research output.
Information on changes to the UKPIs over the years.
Employment of leavers (E1).
Percentage of leavers who say they are working or studying (or both).
Technical information on how the benchmarks are calculated.


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