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KIS record 2016/17 - How is the KIS data published?

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KIS record 2016/17 - How is the KIS data published?

Version 1.0 Produced 2016-03-31

Unistats website

The data captured in the KIS collection is integrated with data from other sources, such as the HESA Student record, the Individualised Learner Record, the National Student Survey and the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey, to form the Unistats dataset. This is published on the Unistats website, which is updated weekly with any revisions to submissions. The Unistats website is managed by HEFCE on behalf of the four UK higher education funding bodies.

KIS widget

Elements of the data also appear on the KIS widget. This is a small graphical display which appears on institution’s websites. The widget was designed to display KIS data in context on undergraduate course pages and can be configured to draw data from the corresponding course on the Unistats website. When a user clicks on the widget, they are taken to the course record on Unistats where they can access further information about that course and compare it to others. Instructions on how to embed and configure the widget can be found in the Unistats widget user guide.

Open dataset

Other providers of information, or those wishing to use the Unistats dataset for other purposes, may use the Unistats application programming interface (API) to access the dataset, or download it from the Unistats datsets page on HESA website.

Data suppression

Where providers identify errors in the Unistats dataset which cannot be amended by updating and resubmitting the data, as they have been caused by errors in linked returns, they may request suppression of the affected data. To request a suppression, providers should contact [email protected] detailing the nature of the issue, the precise cause of the problem, and the data affected.

The funding bodies may suppress Unistats data, without a request from the provider, where there is evidence of inappropriate influence on the NSS results or other evidence that the data is not sufficiently robust for publication.

There is no guarantee that other organisations using the Unistats dataset will update their data on a regular basis and so updated or suppressed data may remain unchanged on other sites.

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