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Governance of the UK Performance Indicators

The specification for the production of the indicators is determined by the UK Performance Indicators Steering Group (UKPISG) which was set up in 1998. UKPISG's original brief was to take forward the recommendations of the National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education, and the request of the Secretary of State for Education and Employment to develop appropriate UK Performance Indicators and benchmarks for families of HE providers with similar characteristics and aspirations.

Initially the indicators were restricted to HE providers funded by HEFCE, HEFCW and DELNI. In 2000, SHEFC formally requested that the UKPISG (formally PISG) work on Performance Indicators was extended to embrace HE providers in Scotland and from that point forward UKPISG considered indicators covering the whole of the UK.

Since its inception, UKPISG considered both policy and technical aspects of the UK Performance Indicators within a single group, with meetings two or three times a year.

In 2011, a sub-group of the UKPISG, the UK Performance Indicators Technical Group (UKPITG formally PITG) was set up to provide technical advice to the UKPISG while the role of the UKPISG became more policy focused.

The role of UKPISG is to oversee the implementation, management and ongoing development of the UK Performance Indicators for HE providers through the advice it provides to the UK funding bodies and other relevant bodies. Through the advice it provides, the UKPITG will support the UKPISG in its role. For more information, see the terms of reference[pdf 56 KB].

The UKPISG normally meet one to two times per year with the UKPITG meeting a minimum of two times per year. The first of the UKPISG took place on 28 March 2011 and UKPITG on 30 June 2011. The full set of UKPISG papers from the second meeting (29 July 2011) onwards will be made available from the links below.

The membership of UKPISG is drawn from government departments, the funding councils and representative bodies who are suitability placed to take a strategic view with regard to issues surrounding UK HE Performance Indicators. UKPITG membership includes nominated members from the funding bodies, government departments, Higher Education Statistics Agency and UCAS.

UKPISG membership

 Christopher Millward Higher Education Funding Council for England [Chair]

 David Barrett Office for Fair Access (OFFA)

 Dr Colin Campbell Universities Scotland

 Mark Corver UCAS

 Colette Eley Welsh Government

 Celia Hunt Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)

 Kieran Mannion Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland

 Dr Kevin Mundy Higher Education Wales

 Professor David Phoenix Universities UK

 Paul Rasch Department for Education (DfE)

 Ryan Scott Scottish Government

 Martin Smith Scottish Funding Council (SFC)

 Jonathan Waller HESA

 Adam Wright National Union of Students

 Awaiting nomination Guild HE

UKPITG membership

 Jonathan Waller HESA [Chair]

 Gordon Anderson Scottish Funding Council (SFC)

 Matthew Bollington Department for Education (DfE)

 Suzie Dent HESA

 Hannah Falvey Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)

 Chris Williams Welsh Government

 Jovan Luzajic Universities UKUniversities ScotlandHigher Education WalesGuild HE

 Michael MacNeill Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland (DfE(NI))

 Richard Puttock Higher Education Funding Council for England

 Awaiting nomination UCAS

Secretariat (UKPISG and UKPITG)

 Alison Brunt Higher Education Funding Council for England

 Mark Gittoes Higher Education Funding Council for England

Guiding principles for the UK Performance Indicators

Guiding principles for the UK Performance Indicators (agreed February 2014) [pdf 16 KB]

UKPISG and UKPITG meeting papers

UKPITG - 8 June 2016

Agenda [pdf 141 KB]

Teaching Excellence Framework: review of data sources - ONS’ interim report (UKPITG 16/04) [pdf 165 KB]

UKPITG - 10 February 2016

Minutes [pdf 172 KB]

Agenda [pdf 141 KB]

Suppression thresholds within the UKPIs (UKPITG 16/01) [pdf 148 KB]

Progress to date on the development of new WP indicators (UKPITG 16/02) [pdf 215 KB]

Progress to date on the review of the benchmarking approach (UKPITG 16/03) [pdf 148 KB]

UKPITG - 10 December 2015

Minutes [pdf 79 KB]

Agenda [pdf 13 KB]

Response rates to the 2013/14 DLHE survey: impacts of changing the suppression threshold (UKPITG 15/06) [pdf 33 KB]

Technical issues relating to the UK Performance Indicators 2014/15 (UKPITG 15/10) [pdf 46 KB]

Proposal to move to Open Data licencing for UK Performance Indicators 2014/15 (UKPITG 15/11)[pdf 21 KB]

A note of the roundtable discussion 'The future of the Research UK Performance Indicators for Higher Education' [pdf 68 KB]

A note of the roundtable discussion 'The future of the Widening Participation UK Performance Indicators for Higher Education' [pdf 76 KB]

UKPISG - 26 October 2015

Agenda [pdf 12 KB]

UKPITG - 20 July 2015

Agenda [pdf 5 KB]

Minutes [pdf 53 KB]

UKPISG - 27 April 2015

Minutes [pdf 56 KB]

Agenda [pdf 6 KB]

Review of the WP indicators, and next steps (UKPISG 15/01) [pdf 103 KB]

Incorporation of HE in FECs into future UKPIs (UKPISG 15/02) [pdf 17 KB]

Incorporation of HE in APs into future UKPIs (UKPISG 15/03) [pdf 29 KB]

UKPITG - 11 February 2015

Minutes [pdf 56 KB]

Agenda [pdf 5 KB]

Summary of business of the UK Performance Indicators Steering Group undertaken by correspondence during June 2014 [pdf 23 KB]

Update on progress in the review of the WP indicators, and next steps (UKPITG 15/01) [pdf 86 KB]

Publication dates of the 2015 UK Performance Indicators (UKPITG 15/03) [pdf 7 KB]

Technical changes to the UKPIs (UKPITG 15/04) [pdf 16 KB]

UKPITG - 7 March 2014

Minutes [pdf 37 KB]

Agenda [pdf 5 KB]

Next steps in the review of the WP indicators (UKPITG 14/01) [pdf 15 KB]

Review of benchmarking approach (UKPITG 14/02) [pdf 10 KB]

Incorporation of HE in FECs into future UKPIs (UKPITG 14/03) [pdf 33 KB]

Revised entry qualification benchmarking groups for use with Table E1 (UKPITG 14/04 - by correspondence) [pdf 29 KB]

UKPISG - 21 February 2014

Minutes [pdf 55 KB]

Agenda [pdf 5 KB]

Review of the Widening Participation UK Performance Indicators (UKPISG 14/01) [pdf 58 KB]

Fit of the current widening participation UKPIs to principles (UKPISG 14/01) [xlsx 27 KB]

Responses to the “Invitation to comment” (UKPISG 14/02) [pdf 93 KB]

UKPITG - 18 November 2013

Minutes [pdf 49 KB]

Agenda [pdf 115 KB]

Findings of the Fundamental review of the UK Performance Indicators, and the UKPISG’s response (UKPITG 13/09) [pdf 154 KB]

In-depth review of the Widening Participation UK Performance Indicators (UKPITG 13/10) [pdf 15 KB]

Impact of increasing the suppression threshold to 52.5 (UKPITG 13/11) [pdf 165 KB]

Changes in the factors used in the benchmarks 2012/13 (UKPITG 13/13) [pdf 75 KB]

Publication dates of the 2014 UK Performance Indicators (UKPITG 13/14) [pdf 129 KB]

UKPISG - 16 September 2013

Minutes [pdf 211 KB]

Agenda [pdf 67 KB]

Fundamental review of the Performance Indicators (PISG 13/01) [pdf 98 KB]

PITG - 28 February 2013

Minutes [pdf 114 KB]

Agenda [pdf 67 KB]

Suppressed data in totals and benchmark calculations (PITG 13/01) [pdf 65 KB]

Assessment of Data Protection risk in PIs (PITG 13/02) [pdf 124 KB]

Unknown information in the benchmarking groups (PITG 13/03) [pdf 71 KB]

Use of POLAR in table series T2 (PITG 13/04) [pdf 285 KB]

Entry qualifications for use with T5, T7 and E1 (PITG 13/05) [pdf 389 KB]

Inclusion of foundation year students within the non-continuation indicators (PITG 13/06) [pdf 155 KB]

Initial indication of the feasibility of using linked historical data within the PIs (PITG 13/07) [pdf 69 KB]

Rates of qualification from postgraduate research degrees (PITG 13/08) [pdf 135 KB]

PITG - December 2012

Summary of business by correspondence [pdf 226 KB]

Technical changes to the Performance Indicators (PITG 12/06) [pdf 125 KB]

Performance Indicators contextual information and commentary (PITG 12/07) [pdf 77 KB]

PISG - October 2012

Summary of business by correspondence [pdf 254 KB]

Recommendations by correspondence [pdf 255 KB]

Invitation to Tender: Review of the Higher Education Performance Indicators (PISG 12/06) [pdf 174 KB]

PITG - 29 June 2012

Minutes [pdf 117 KB]

Agenda [pdf 67 KB]

Incorporation of HE provision registered at further education colleges (PITG 12/01) [pdf 121 KB]

Introduction of POLAR3 (PITG 12/02) [pdf 12 KB]

Advising on the review of the Performance Indicators (PITG 12/03) [pdf 9 KB]

Update on changes to the contextual information and commentary (PITG 12/04) [pdf 83 KB]

Technical changes to the Performance Indicators (PITG 12/05) [pdf 118 KB]

PISG - 20 January 2012

Minutes [pdf 125 KB]

Agenda [pdf 8 KB]

Benchmarks and A level subject information (PISG 12/01) [pdf 185 KB]

Review of the widening participation and research Performance Indicators (PISG 12/02) [pdf 177 KB]

Performance Indicators contextual information and commentary (PISG 12/03) [pdf 91 KB]

Publication dates of the 2012 Performance Indicators (PISG 12/04) [pdf 77 KB]

PITG - 25 November 2011

Minutes [pdf 128 KB]

Agenda [pdf 68 KB]

PITG communications policy (PITG 11/05) [pdf 67 KB]

Benchmarks and A-level subject information: Further analyses (PITG 11/06) [pdf 292 KB]

Initial analysis of the WP and research Performance Indicators (PITG 11/07) [pdf 94 KB]

The inclusion of low credit bearing students in the Performance Indicators population (PITG 11/08)[pdf 72 KB]

Performance Indicators contextual information and commentary (PITG 11/09) [pdf 83 KB]

Performance Indicators technical changes to the Performance Indicators (PITG 11/10) [pdf 322 KB]

PISG - 29 July 2011

Minutes [pdf 97 KB]

Agenda [pdf 42 KB]

Summary of PISG meeting in March 2011 (PISG 11/04) [pdf 58 KB]

Terms of reference (PISG 11/05) [pdf 63 KB]

Role and relevance of the PIs and the PISG (PISG 11/06) [pdf 76 KB]

Timeline of the introduction and development of the PIS (PISG 11/07) [pdf 62 KB]

PISG - 28 March 2011

Meeting summary from PISG March 2011 [pdf 51 KB]