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KIS record 2016/17 - Unistats dataset file structure and description

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KIS record 2016/17 - Unistats dataset file structure and description

Version 1.2 Produced 2017-06-22

The Unistats dataset will be hosted on the HESA website.

For information, the fields comprising the Unistats dataset are displayed in the table beneath the Unistats structure description.

The table contains the following types of field:

  • Base fields from the C16061 submission prefixed with the appropriate entity: Institution; Location; KISCourse; Accreditation; CourseLocation; CourseStage; HESACourse or ILRAims.
  • Additional fields which have used collected data from additional sources to form the complete Unistats dataset. These sources include the HESA Student record, DLHE collection, National Student Survey (NSS), HEFCE and UCAS.

Unistats structure 2016/17

Unistats 2016/17 description

Field name Description Min/Max occurs Field Length
Institution.UKPRN UK provider reference number, which is the unique identifier allocated to providers by the UK Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP) 1/1 8
Institution.PUBUKPRN Publication UK provider reference number for where the course is primarily taught 1/1 8
Institution.COUNTRY Country of provider (England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland) 1/1 2
Institution.PUBUKPRNCOUNTRY Country of publication provider (England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland) 1/1 2
Institution.APROutcome Outcome of Annual Provider Review (APR) 0/1 1
Institution.TEFOutcome Outcome of Provider's Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) review 0/1 1
Institution.Q24POP Population number of students who responded to the NSS and could contribute to Q24 0/1 5
Institution.Q24RESP_RATE Response rate of students who responded to the NSS and could contribute to Q24 0/1 5
Institution.SUURL Student Union URL 1/1 255
Institution.SUURLW Student Union URL in Welsh 0/1 255
Location.ACCOMURL URL explaining accommodation costs 0/1 255
Location.ACCOMURLW URL explaining accommodation costs in Welsh 0/1 255
Location.INSTBEDS Number of provider owned/sponsored beds 0/1 5
Location.INSTLOWER Lower quartile annual cost of provider owned/sponsored beds 0/1 5
Location.INSTUPPER Upper quartile annual cost of provider owned/sponsored beds 0/1 5
Location.LOCID Provider's own identifier for a teaching location 1/1 2
Location.LOCNAME Provider's own location descriptor for a teaching location 1/1 100
Location.LOCNAMEW Provider's own location descriptor for a teaching location in Welsh 0/1 100
Location.LATITUDE Latitude reference point for the teaching location 1/1 9
Location.LONGITUDE Longitude reference point for the teaching location 1/1 9
Location.LOCUKPRN UK Provider Reference Number (UKPRN) for the location of the course 0/1 8
Location.PRIVATELOWER Lower quartile annual cost of private sector beds 1/1 5
Location.PRIVATEUPPER Upper quartile annual cost of private sector beds 1/1 5
Location.SUURL Student Union URL 0/1 255
Location.SUURLW Student Union URL in Welsh 0/1 255
Accreditation.ACCURL Accreditation URL 1/1 255
Accreditation.ACCTEXT Accreditation type text 1/1 9999
Accreditation.ACCTEXTW Accreditation type text in Welsh 0/1 9999
Accreditation.ACCTYPE Accreditation type, a HESA assigned unique reference for accreditation types 1/1 5
KISAim.KISAIMCODE KIS qualification aim code, a HESA assigned unique reference for KISAIMs 1/1 3
KISAim.KISAIMLABEL KIS qualification aim label 1/1 20
KISCourse.ASSURL URL explaining assessment methods of the course 0/1 255
KISCourse.ASSURLW URL explaining assessment methods of the course in Welsh 0/1 255
KISCourse.CRSEURL The URL for the course page 0/1 255
KISCourse.CRSEURLW The URL for the course page in Welsh 0/1 255
KISCourse.DISTANCE Whether the course is offered wholly through distance learning 0/1 255
KISCourse.EMPLOYURL URL for further details on employment opportunities 0/1 255
KISCourse.EMPLOYURLW URL for further details on employment opportunities in Welsh 0/1 255
KISCourse.ENGFEE The maximum annual fee for the course for an English domiciled student 0/1 5
KISCourse.FEETBC Fees yet to be confirmed 0/1 1
KISCourse.FOUNDATION Foundation year availability 0/1 1
KISCourse.HONOURS Honours degree availability 0/1 1
KISCourse.JACS JACS code 0/3 4
KISCourse.KISCOURSEID An identifier which uniquely identifies a course within a provider 1/1 30
KISCourse.KISMODE The mode of the KIS course (full-time, part-time, both) 1/1 1
KISCourse.KISTYPE The type/level of KIS course 1/1 1
KISCourse.LDCS LDCS (Learn Direct Classification System) code 0/3 9
KISCourse.LEVEL Level of course (first degree or other undergraduate) 0/1 1
KISCourse.LOCCHNGE Indicator for if the teaching location changes during any part of the course 0/1 1
KISCourse.LTURL URL explaining Learning and Teaching methods 0/1 255
KISCourse.LTURLW URL explaining Learning and Teaching methods in Welsh 0/1 255
KISCourse.MEANSSUP Whether there is means tested support available 0/1 1
KISCourse.NHS Whether there are any NHS funded students on the course 0/1 1
KISCourse.NIFEE The maximum annual fee for the course for a Northern Irish domiciled student 0/1 5
KISCourse.NONCREDITASSESS Whether the course includes assessments not linked to credit 0/1 1
KISCourse.NUMSTAGE Total number of stages for the course 0/1 1
KISCourse.OTHSUP Whether there is non-means tested support available 0/1 1
KISCourse.RELATEDKIS Related subject KIS to show for multiple subject course placeholder KIS 0/3 30
KISCourse.SANDWICH Sandwich year availability 0/1 1
KISCourse.SCOTFEE The maximum annual fee for the course for a Scottish domiciled student 0/1 5
KISCourse.SUPPORTURL Link to further details on financial support 0/1 255
KISCourse.SUPPORTURLW Link to further details on financial support in Welsh 0/1 255
KISCourse.TITLE The title of the course 0/1 255
KISCourse.TITLEW The title of the course in Welsh 0/1 255
KISCourse.UCASPROGID UCAS programme code(s) for the KISCourse 0/1 7
KISCourse.UKPRNAPPLY UKPRNs through which students can apply to the course 0/1 8
KISCourse.VARFEE Indicator that fees vary by year 0/1 2
KISCourse.WAFEE The maximum annual fee for the course for a Wales domiciled student 0/1 5
KISCourse.WAIVER Whether there is a fee waiver available 0/1 1
KISCourse.WELSH Proportion of the course available in Welsh 0/1 3
KISCourse.YEARABROAD Study year abroad availability 0/1 1
KISCourse.KISAIM KIS Course qualification aim code 0/1 3
KISCourse.SBJ JACS Level subject code 0/unbounded 3
KISCourse.AVGCOURSEWORK Average of the course assessed by coursework 0/1 3
KISCourse.AVGSCHEDULED Average of course spent in scheduled learning and teaching activities 0/1 3
KISCourse.AVGWRITTEN Average of course assessed by written exams 0/1 3
CourseLocation.LOCID Provider's own identifier for a teaching location 0/1 2
CourseLocation.UCASCOURSEID UCAS course code(s) for the KISCourse 0/unbounded 4
Accreditation.ACCTYPE Accreditation type 1/1 5
Accreditation.ACCDEPEND Accreditation dependant on choice 1/1 1
Accreditation.ACCDEPENDURL Accreditation dependant on choice URL 0/1 255
Accreditation.ACCDEPENDURLW Accreditation dependant on choice URL in Welsh 0/1 255
Common.COMPOP Number of students in the population from which the common job type data is derived for the course 1/1 5
Common.COMRESP_RATE Response rate of students in the population from which the common job type data is derived for the course 1/1 5
Common.COMAGG Aggregation Level applied to the common job type data 1/1 2
Common.COMSBJ JACS Level subject code 1/1 3
Joblist.JOB The type of employment (SOC categories) 1/1 80
Joblist.PERC The percentage of students in the type of employment 1/1 3
Joblist.ORDER The order to display the jobs in 1/1 5
Continuation.CONTPOP Population of students with continuation information 1/1 5
Continuation.CONTAGG Aggregation level applied to continuation information for students on the course 1/1 2
Continuation.CONTSBJ JACS Level subject code 1/1 3
Continuation.UCONT Proportion of students who continued on their course at the HE provider in the year after starting the course 1/1 3
Continuation.UDORMANT Proportion of students recorded as dormant the year after they entered HE 1/1 3
Continuation.UGAINED Proportion of students who gained their intended award (or higher) the year after they entered HE 1/1 3
Continuation.ULEFT Proportion of students who are not continuing into their following year of study, have not been awarded a qualification in either of the two comparison years 1/1 3
Continuation.ULOWER Proportion of students who gained a lower award than the one originally intended the year after they entered HE 1/1 3
CourseStage.ASSACT Assessment method indicator (actual or estimated) 1/1 1
CourseStage.COURSEWORK Percentage of assessment by coursework 1/1 3
CourseStage.INDEPENDENT Percentage of study time in guided independent study 1/1 3
CourseStage.LTACT Learning and teaching method indicator 1/1 1
CourseStage.PLACEMENT Percentage of study time on placements 1/1 3
CourseStage.PRACTICAL Percentage of assessment by practical exams 1/1 3
CourseStage.SCHEDULED Scheduled learning and teaching percentage 1/1 3
CourseStage.STAGE Year of course/stage that learning and teaching and assessment methods relate to 1/1 1
CourseStage.WRITTEN Percentage of assessment by written exams 1/1 3
DegreeClass.DEGPOP Number of students in the population from which the degree classification data is derived for the course 1/1 5
DegreeClass.DEGAGG Aggregation level applied to the degree classification data 1/1 2
DegreeClass.DEGSBJ JACS Level subject code 1/1 3
DegreeClass.UFIRST Proportion of students gaining a first class degree 1/1 3
DegreeClass.UUPPER Proportion of students gaining an upper second class (2:1) degree 1/1 3
DegreeClass.ULOWER Proportion of students gaining a lower (or undivided) second class (2:1) degree 1/1 3
DegreeClass.UOTHER Proportion of students gaining an other honours degree 1/1 3
DegreeClass.UORDINARY Proportion of students gaining an ordinary degree 1/1 3
DegreeClass.UDISTINCTION Proportion of students gaining a distinction 1/1 3
DegreeClass.UMERIT Proportion of students gaining a merit 1/1 3
DegreeClass.UPASS Proportion of students gaining a pass 1/1 3
DegreeClass.UNA Proportion of students gaining a not classified degree 1/1 3
Employment.EMPPOP Number of students in the population from which the employment data is derived for the course 1/1 5
Employment.EMPRESP_RATE Response rate of students in the population from which the employment data is derived for the course 1/1 5
Employment.EMPAGG Aggregation level applied to the employment data for the course 1/1 2
Employment.EMPSBJ JACS Level subject code 1/1 3
Employment.WORKSTUDY Proportion of students in work and/or study six months after their course ended 1/1 3
Employment.STUDY Proportion of students who are undertaking further study six months after their course ended 1/1 3
Employment.ASSUNEMP Proportion of students assumed to be unemployed six months after their course ended 1/1 3
Employment.BOTH Proportion of students in work and study six months after their course ended 1/1 3
Employment.NOAVAIL Proportion of students who are not available for work or study six months after their course ended 1/1 3
Employment.WORK Proportion of students in work six months after their course ended 1/1 3
Entry.ENTPOP Number of students in the population from which the entry qualification data is derived for the course 1/1 5
Entry.ENTAGG Aggregation level applied to the entry data for the course 1/1 2
Entry.ENTSBJ JACS Level subject code 1/1 3
Entry.ACCESS Proportion of students whose highest qualification on entry is an access course 1/1 3
Entry.ALEVEL Proportion of students whose highest qualification on entry is A level or (Scottish) Highers 1/1 3
Entry.BACC Proportion of students whose highest qualification on entry is an International Baccalaureate 1/1 3
Entry.DEGREE Proportion of students whose highest qualification on entry is a degree or higher qualification 1/1 3
Entry.FOUNDTN Proportion of students whose highest qualification on entry is a foundation course 1/1 3
Entry.NOQUALS Proportion of students with no qualifications on entry 1/1 3
Entry.OTHER Proportion of students with other qualifications on entry 1/1 3
Entry.OTHERHE Proportion of students whose highest qualification on entry is another HE qualification 1/1 3
JobType.JOBPOP Number of students in the population from which the job type data is derived for the course 1/1 5
JobType.JOBRESP_RATE Response rate of students in the population from which the job type data is derived for the course 1/1 5
JobType.JOBAGG Aggregation level applied to the job type data for the course 1/1 2
JobType.JOBSBJ JACS Level subject code 1/1 3
JobType.PROFMAN Proportion of students in professional or managerial jobs 1/1 3
JobType.OTHERJOB Proportion of students in non-professional or managerial jobs 1/1 3
JobType.UNKWN Proportion of students whose job classification cannot be derived, or whose SOC code is unknown 1/1 3
NHSNSS.NHSPOP Number of students in the population from which the NSS for students on NHS funded courses data is derived for the course 1/1 5
NHSNSS.NHSRESP_RATE Response rate of students in the population from which the NSS for students on NHS funded courses data is derived for the course 1/1 5
NHSNSS.NHSAGG Aggregation level applied to the NHSNSS data for the KIS course 1/1 2
NHSNSS.NHSSBJ JACS Level subject code 1/1 3
NHSNSS.NHSQ1 Proportion of students on NHS funded courses who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 22 on the NSS (NHS): I received sufficient preparatory information prior to my placement(s) 1/1 3
NHSNSS.NHSQ2 Proportion of students on NHS funded courses who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 23 on the NSS (NHS): I was allocated placement(s) suitable for my course 1/1 3
NHSNSS.NHSQ3 Proportion of students on NHS funded courses who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 24 on the NSS (NHS): I received appropriate supervision on placement(s) 1/1 3
NHSNSS.NHSQ4 Proportion of students on NHS funded courses who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 25 on the NSS (NHS): I was given opportunities to meet my required practice learning outcomes/competences 1/1 3
NHSNSS.NHSQ5 Proportion of students on NHS funded courses who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 26 on the NSS (NHS): My contribution during placement(s) as part of a clinical team was valued 1/1 3
NHSNSS.NHSQ6 Proportion of students on NHS funded courses who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 27 on the NSS (NHS): My practice supervisor(s) understood how my placement(s) related to the broader requirements of my course 1/1 3
NSS.NSSPOP Number of students in the population from which the NSS data is derived for the course 1/1 5
NSS.NSSRESP_RATE Response rate of students in the population from which the NSS data is derived for the course 1/1 5
NSS.NSSAGG Aggregation level applied to the NSS data for the course 1/1 2
NSS.NSSSBJ JACS Level subject code 1/1 3
NSS.Q1 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 1 on the NSS: Staff are good at explaining things 1/1 3
NSS.Q2 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 2 on the NSS: Staff have made the subject interesting 1/1 3
NSS.Q3 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 3 on the NSS: Staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching 1/1 3
NSS.Q4 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 4 on the NSS: The course is intellectually stimulating 1/1 3
NSS.Q5 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 5 on the NSS: The criteria used in marking have been clear in advance 1/1 3
NSS.Q6 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 6 on the NSS: Assessment arrangements and marking have been fair 1/1 3
NSS.Q7 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 7 on the NSS: Feedback on my work has been prompt 1/1 3
NSS.Q8 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 8 on the NSS: I have received detailed comments on my work 1/1 3
NSS.Q9 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 9 on the NSS: Feedback on my work has helped me clarify things I did not understand 1/1 3
NSS.Q10 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 10 on the NSS: I have received sufficient advice and support with my studies 1/1 3
NSS.Q11 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 11 on the NSS: I have been able to contact staff when I needed to 1/1 3
NSS.Q12 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 12 on the NSS: Good advice was available when I needed to make study choices 1/1 3
NSS.Q13 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 13 on the NSS: The timetable works efficiently as far as my activities are concerned 1/1 3
NSS.Q14 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 14 on the NSS: Any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively 1/1 3
NSS.Q15 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 15 on the NSS: The course is well organised and is running smoothly 1/1 3
NSS.Q16 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 16 on the NSS: The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 1/1 3
NSS.Q17 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 17 on the NSS: I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 1/1 3
NSS.Q18 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 18 on the NSS: I have been able to access specialised equipment, facilities, or rooms when I needed to 1/1 3
NSS.Q19 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 19 on the NSS: The course has helped me present myself with confidence 1/1 3
NSS.Q20 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 20 on the NSS: My communication skills have improved 1/1 3
NSS.Q21 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 21 on the NSS: As a result of the course, I feel confident in tackling unfamiliar problems 1/1 3
NSS.Q22 Proportion of students who "agree" or "strongly agree" with question 22 on the NSS (or Q28 for NHNSS): Overall I am satisfied with the quality of the course 1/1 3
Salary.SALPOP Number of students in the population from which the salary data is derived for the course 1/1 5
Salary.SALRESP_RATE Response rate of students in the population from which the salary data is derived for the course 1/1 5
Salary.SALAGG Aggregation level applied to the salary data for the course 1/1 2
Salary.SALSBJ JACS Level subject code 1/1 3
Salary.LDLQ Sector lower quartile salary for subject (40 months after graduation) 0/1 6
Salary.LDMED Sector Median salary for subject (40 months after graduation) 0/1 6
Salary.LDUQ Sector upper quartile salary for subject (40 months after graduation) 0/1 6
Salary.LQ Sector lower quartile salary for subject (6 months after graduation) 0/1 6
Salary.MED Sector Median salary for subject (6 months after graduation) 0/1 6
Salary.UQ Sector upper quartile salary for subject (6 months after graduation) 0/1 6
Salary.INSTLQ Course lower quartile salary (6 months after graduation) 0/1 6
Salary.INSTMED Course Median salary (6 months after graduation) 0/1 6
Salary.INSTUQ Course upper quartile salary (6 months after graduation) 0/1 6
Tariff.TARPOP Number of students in the population from which the tariff data is derived for the course 1/1 5
Tariff.TARAGG Aggregation level applied to the tariff data for the course 1/1 2
Tariff.TARSBJ JACS Level subject code 1/1 3
Tariff.T001 Proportion of entrants less than 48 tariff points (%) 1/1 3
Tariff.T048 Proportion of entrants with between 48 - 63 tariff points (%) 1/1 3
Tariff.T064 Proportion of entrants with between 64 - 79 tariff points (%) 1/1 3
Tariff.T080 Proportion of entrants with between 80 - 95 tariff points (%) 1/1 3
Tariff.T096 Proportion of entrants with between 96 - 111 tariff points (%) 1/1 3
Tariff.T112 Proportion of entrants with between 112 - 127 tariff points (%) 1/1 3
Tariff.T128 Proportion of entrants with between 128 - 143 tariff points (%) 1/1 3
Tariff.T144 Proportion of entrants with between 144 - 159 tariff points (%) 1/1 3
Tariff.T160 Proportion of entrants with between 160 – 175 tariff points (%) 1/1 3
Tariff.T176 Proportion of entrants with between 176 - 191 tariff points (%) 1/1 3
Tariff.T192 Proportion of entrants with between 192 - 207 tariff points (%) 1/1 3
Tariff.T208 Proportion of entrants with between 208 - 223 tariff points (%) 1/1 3
Tariff.T224 Proportion of entrants with between 224 - 239 tariff points (%) 1/1 3
Tariff.T240 Proportion of entrants with 240 or more tariff points (%) 1/1 3

Rounding and aggregation

In order to avoid the risk of individual students being identified from parts of the Unistats dataset, some elements are rounded and/or aggregated with data from other, similar, students. In some cases it is not possible to publish parts of the Unistats dataset, owing to the small number of students in the population, or simply because some data were not collected (for example for new courses, and some courses provided by private providers). The lack of information about a particular course should not be used to draw negative inferences about the quality of the course. For each data item, data will be published at the first level in the list below where the population meets the required publication threshold:

  1. KISCOURSE level - most recent year's data (AGG=14)
  2. KISCOURSE level - most recent two years' data aggregated (AGG=24)
  3. JACS level 3 (e.g. aerospace engineering) - most recent year's data (AGG=13)
  4. JACS level 3 - most recent two years' data aggregated (AGG=23)
  5. JACS level 2 (e.g. mechanically based engineering) - most recent year's data (AGG=12)
  6. JACS level 2 - most recent two years' data aggregated (AGG=22)
  7. JACS level 1 (e.g. engineering and technology) - most recent year's data (AGG=11)
  8. JACS level 1 - most recent two years' data aggregated (AGG=21)

For all items, a population of at least 10 students is required for the data to be published. Additionally, responses to the NSS are only published if at least 50 percent of the eligible population has responded.

All NSS data is published to the nearest percentage point. All other data are published to the nearest percentage point, unless there are at least 10 and less than 52.5 students in the population, in which case the data are rounded to the nearest five percentage points.

Salary information is only included if at least 50 per-cent of those in full time employment have provided the information. The salary data itself is not rounded, though respondents to the survey only give their salary to the nearest £1000.

In aggregations, all level 3 subjects returned in the KIS data plus any level 3 subjects which fall within a level 2 subject that are returned in the KIS are included, unless that level 3 subject was not returned to HESA in the latest year of the student return.

The JACS subject hierarchy can be found here.


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