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  • Academic atypical staff (2012/13)

    In 2012/13, the University of Ulster did not return any academic atypical staff in error.  For 2013/14 they have returned 815 academic atypical staff.  They have confirmed that this figure should have been similar in 2012/13.

    Staff Contract level Atypical staff Staff student ratio
  • Academic atypical staff (2013/14)

    In 2013/14, Kingston University reviewed how they classified their hourly paid lecturers and external examiners from non-atypical to atypical. This increased the numbers of academic atypical staff from 0 in 2012/13 to 1105 (130 FTE) in 2013/14.

    In 2013/14, St George's Hospital Medical School improved their data capture for academic atypical staff contracts, increasing the numbers in this category from 10 in 2012/13 to 375 in 2013/14. In previous years they have not collected data from these staff.

    In 2013/14, Birkbeck College under-reported their academic atypical staff by approximately 200 due to data capture issues.

    In 2013/14, The University of Leeds reviewed how they employed demonstrating and tutorial assistants, and part-time student teachers. This increased the numbers of academic atypical staff from 400 in 2012/13 to 1050 in 2013/14.

    In 2012/13, The University of Ulster did not return any academic atypical staff in error.  For 2013/14 they have returned 815 academic atypical staff.  They have confirmed that this figure should have been similar in 2012/13.

    In 2013/14, Heriot-Watt University under-reported the number of academic atypical staff by 220 (32.9 FTE).

    During 2013/14, the University of Leicester undertook a major review of its atypical workforce, which resulted in a large number of changes to the way in which atypical contracts were issued.  This resulted in a number of year-on-year changes, including a reduction of 280 staff in their professional occupations SOC group.  In many cases, staff were moved to non-atypical working arrangements.

    In 2013/14, Loughborough University revisited how it coded their atypical staff's SOC groupings resulting in an increase in the Professional occupations category from 215 in 2012/13 to 465 in 2013/14.

    In 2013/14, The School of Oriental and African Studies over-reported their atypical staff by approximately 400.

    In 2013/14, Coventry University increased the number of academic atypical staff from 610 in 2012/13 to 1080 in 2013/14. This was due to a genuine increase in the use of atypical staff within the provider.

    Staff Contract level Atypical staff Staff student ratio
  • Academic studies in education - part-time postgraduate numbers

    University College Plymouth St Mark and St John, part-time, postgraduate taught students studying X3 Academic studies in education has reduced from 1,528 in 2010/11 to 317 in 2011/12. This was due to a genuine reduction in the number of students on INSET programmes in 2011/12.

    Student Level of study Subject of study Mode of study
  • Academic/non-academic staff (2014/15)

    The National Film and Television School (NFTS) became an HE provider in 2014/15 moving from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport into the HE sector.  As the school had not been part of the HE sector they have not followed the standard of issuing academic contracts to their teaching/research staff.  As such both teaching/research and non-academic staff are included in the non-academic category for 2014/15.

    Staff Academic staff Non-academic staff
  • All provider-level data (2011/12)

    The University of Glamorgan merged with the University of Wales, Newport on the 11th April 2013 to become the University of South Wales. However the data for the 2011/12 academic session relates to the two former universities. The University of South Wales therefore request that when published it refers to the former providers and not merged into a single entity under the USW name.

    Student Staff
  • Architecture - first degree and other undergraduate (2011/12)

    Due to a coding error, 192 students (183.5 FTE) were incorrectly recorded with a course aim that maps to ‘other undergraduate’ rather than ‘first degree undergraduates’ in Architecture (K1) by the University of Dundee in the 2011/12 Student return. This will affect overall totals for the institution as well as subject analysis that includes Architecture.

    Student Level of study Mode of study
  • Arts and Journalism subject coding (2011/12)

    The University for the Creative Arts has made some data improvements in their subject coding. This has resulted in re-allocation of courses to subject codes specifically showing an increase in student numbers for the university in codes P5, W2, W6, W7 and a decrease in W9.

    Student Subject of study
  • Atypical staff (2013/14)

    In 2013/14, The School of Oriental and African Studies over-reported their atypical staff by approximately 400.

    Staff Atypical staff
  • Balance, Table 3 (2011/12)

    Please note for the University of Sheffield the debtors figure within current assets includes a long term debtor (i.e. due after more than one year) of £15,735k for 2010/11 and £16,198k for 2010/11. This long term debtor is the capital contribution to the Student Residences Project and is released as the student accommodation becomes available. The HESA return does not have a line to show long term debtors and as in previous years I have included it in the debtor line within current assets.

  • Building condition assessment condition C (2012/13)

    King's College London has reported that there were a number of properties that have been assessed as being condition B in 2011/12 that have now been reassessed as being condition C in 2012/13. 

    This is reflected in their 2012/13 Estates Management record data.

    Estates management Buildings
  • Bursaries and scholarships expenditure (2012/13)

    The University of Leicester incorrectly assigned expenditure to 3biii 'General education expenditure - other general expenditure’ in the 2012/13 Finance Statistics return table 7. The expenditure should have been listed under sub heads 3bi ‘national bursaries’ and 3bii ‘institution specific bursaries and scholarships’.

    The amended figures are as follows (£000s):

    3bi National Bursaries:
    Other operating expenses = 248
    Total Expenditure = 248

    3bii Institutional specific bursaries and scholarships:
    Other operating expenses = 2,525
    Total Expenditure = 2,525

    3biii Other general expenditure:
    Academic staff costs = 115
    Other staff costs = 1,389
    Total staff costs = 1,504
    Other operating expenses = 3,807
    Total Expenditure = 5,311

    Finance Expenditure
  • Business & administrative studies (2012/13)

    The University of Derby has had a 37% reduction in their part-time other undergraduate Business & Administrative students, reflecting the ending of CFEE arrangements and an increase in accredited provision which is excluded from the student return.

    Student Level of study Mode of study Subject of study
  • Capital expenditure (2012/13)

    Loughborough University have misreported a number of items within Table 8 of their 2012/13 Finance Statistics Return. The affected items, with corrected figures, are as follows:

    Other operations - Buildings, Total actual spend £000s: 13,816.

    Other operations - Buildings, Internal funds £000s: (12,191).

    Total capital expenditure, Total actual spend £000s; 20,863.

    Total capital expenditure, Internal funds £000s; (4,851).

    Finance Capital expenditure
  • Capital expenditure, Table 8 (2011/12)

    The Conservatoire of Dance and Drama in error omitted some of their capital expenditure for 2011/12 from part of the report. They should have included £8,000 under 2b Other operations: Equipment. This figure is reported in their consolidated cash flow statement.

    Bath Spa University misreported in Finance Statistics return Table 8, £500K capital expenditure in Other operations: Buildings, internal funds. The figure should read £2924K instead of £3424K. The Residences and catering operations: Buildings, internal funds capital expenditure should read £500K instead of £0.

    Finance Capital expenditure
  • Capital income, Table 3 (2013/14)

    In 2013/14, The University of Wolverhampton incorrectly reported their Capital income (attributable to survey year) from the HEBCI survey Section B, Table 3. This figure should have been £89K.

    Business and community interaction Capital income
  • Class of first degree - Cambridge tripos (2003/04-)

    The University of Cambridge does not classify its bachelor of arts degree, but awards classes in the Tripos (honours) examination usually taken at the end of each academic year. The class of degree recorded in the HESA record in and after 2003/04 is the result obtained in the student's final year.

    Student Qualifications obtained Class of degree
  • Classification of first degree (2013/14)

    In 2013/14, Bournemouth University changed its assessment regulations so that resits/resubmits are now capped at element level (i.e. coursework, exam, practical) rather than at the whole unit level. This revised approach has contributed to the increased percentage share of those student obtaining a first degree with first class or upper second class honours. The percentage of students achieving a first class honours has risen from 12.0% (2013/13) to 16.3% (2013/14), and the percentage of students achieving an upper second class honours has risen from 52.6% (2013/13) to 59.2% (2013/14).

    In 2013/14, Southampton Solent University incorrectly awarded 40 continuing Law students with a first degree qualification and classification.

    N.B. The figures for Southampton Solent University have been updated and are now correct in the 2013/14 v1502 student record.

    Student Qualifications obtained Class of degree
  • Cleaning costs (2011/12)

    The University of the Arts, London has seen a significant reduction in their residential cleaning costs total between 2010/11 and 2011/12 due to the disposal of residential property under their direct financial management.

    Estates management Finances (in Estates Management Record)
  • Collaborative/franchised students (2013/14)

    In 2013/14, University of Ulster reallocated 3,610 students (2,897 FTE) to collaborative/franchised provision, as these students were taught on the campuses of their partner provider and by staff of the partner provider. In previous years these students were coded as being taught wholly at University of Ulster.

    Student Staff student ratio
  • Cost centre mis-coding (2012/13)

    Following the merger of the University of Glamorgan and University of Wales, Newport to become the University of South Wales, 13 staff records in the cost centres of general engineering, chemical engineering and sociology have been wrongly coded. This should not affect the significance of the data that is published.

    Staff Cost centre