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Notes to tables - Students 2003/04

  1. The list of institutions in the HESA products for 2003/04 has changed:
    • The Northern School of Contemporary Dance has become a full affiliate member of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama and is now not shown separately.
  2. The following institutions have changed their names in the HESA products for 2003/04:
    • The London Institute changed to University of the Arts, London
    • University of Wales College, Newport changed to The University of Wales, Newport
    • University of Surrey Roehampton changed to Roehampton University
    • King Alfred’s College Winchester changed to University College Winchester
    • Chester College of HE changed to University College Chester.
  3. University of London is a confederal organisation. The colleges of the university, shown separately in the HESA reference volumes, are:
    • Birkbeck College
    • Courtauld Institute of Art
    • Institute of Education
    • Goldsmiths College
    • Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
    • King’s College London
    • London Business School
    • London School of Economics and Political Science
    • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
    • The School of Oriental and African Studies
    • The School of Pharmacy
    • Queen Mary and Westfield College
    • Royal Academy of Music
    • Royal Holloway and Bedford New College
    • The Royal Veterinary College
    • St. George’s Hospital Medical School
    • University College London
    • (Heythrop College is also a college of University of London, but is not included in HESA statistics, as it is not publicly-funded.)

    In addition, the institutes within the umbrella of University of London (Institutes and activities) are:

    • British Institute in Paris
    • University Marine Biological Station, Millport
    • School of Advanced Study comprises:
      • Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
      • Institute of Classical Studies
      • Institute of Commonwealth Studies
      • Institute of English Studies
      • Institute of Germanic Studies
      • Institute of Historical Research
      • Institute of Latin American Studies
      • Institute of Romance Studies
      • Institute of United States Studies
      • Warburg Institute.
  4. The University of Cambridge does not classify its B.A. degree, but awards classes in the Tripos (honours) examination usually taken at the end of each academic year. Up to and including 2002/03 the class of degree recorded on the HESA record was the best class obtained and not necessarily that obtained in the final year. For 2003/04 and thereafter, the class obtained in the final year is being reported. The results reported under this new method are now more closely comparable to those reported by other institutions.
  5. Analyses of subject information show Full Person Equivalents (FPE). These are derived by splitting student records between the different subjects that make up their qualification aim. Totals of FPE may differ slightly to counts of students due to rounding.
  6. Students of unknown age or length of programme are included in total figures and percentage calculations but not in separate breakdowns.
  7. Students of unknown UK domicile are included in total UK figures, but not in separate breakdowns.
  8. Students of non-UK domicile, but whose country is unknown are included in total figures but not separate breakdowns.
  9. Students whose ethnicity is not known include those who have been coded ‘information refused’.
  10. An unseen disability means, for example, diabetes, epilepsy or asthma.
  11. Figures only include those students whose age is known.
  12. Data returned by the Open University in 2003/04 now provides a split between part-time first degree students and other undergraduate students. This is due to changes in reporting practice made according to HEFCE funding requirements. Previously students taking Open University credits were returned as studying at other undergraduate level or other postgraduate level, although the credits gained could count towards the award of a first degree or postgraduate degree. In 2003/04 Open University students were reported according to their recorded award intention and the broad subject of that award intention at the HESA return date. It should be noted that Open University students do not have to declare an award intention and many are still reported as studying for institutional credit within the "combined" subject of study. This has had the affect of apparently reducing part-time other undergraduate numbers. This has also affected the number of records returned as students who linked modules to two distinct qualification aims have been returned in two records. It should, however, be noted that the qualifications obtained tables have not been affected in such a dramatic way because the changes in reporting practice only affects enrolment data.
  13. Due to technical issues, Liverpool Hope University College have incorrectly reported their first degree classifications and the figures understate the number of firsts and upper seconds.