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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Creative arts & design (2012/13)

    Buckinghamshire New University had a fall in their Creative Arts & Design numbers (approx. 400 first degree instances) in 2012/13. This was mainly due to the transfer of their degree level provision, run collaboratively with the Open College of The Arts, to the University of the Creative Arts.

    Student Subject of study
  • Degree classifications (2009/10)

    The University of Portsmouth misreported 360 classifications as third class/pass. Therefore the number of third class/pass awards are artificially inflated. The correct figures are as follows: First Class = 350, Upper Second = 1,855, Lower second = 1,630, Third class/pass = 495 and unclassified = 65.

    Student Class of degree
  • Degree level (2007/08)

    The University of Strathclyde's Integrative Masters Pharmacy degrees have been categorised at postgraduate level. Previously, and in future, they will be categorised as undergraduate degrees. 

    Further clarification is available from the University's Planning Office.

    Student Staff student ratio Level of study
  • Economics & econometrics students (2012/13, 2013/14)

    In 2013/14, the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne has seen an increase of 738 FTE to cost centre Economics & econometrics, from 16 in 2012/13 to 754 in 2013/14.  This was due to the majority of FTE for this cost centre being returned under Business & management studies in 2012/13 in error, which has now been corrected for 2013/14.

    Student Full-time equivalent (FTE) Subject of study
  • Education subject area (2013/14)

    In 2013/14, Cardiff University had a significant increase in students studying within the Education subject area, from 980 in 2012/13 to 1,450 in 2013/14.  This was due to the start of a new Master's programme in Educational Practice.

    Student Subject of study
  • First degree qualifier numbers (2016/17)

    In 2016/17, Kingston University incorrectly reported 35 first degree qualifiers. These were already reported in 2015/16.

    Student Qualifications obtained
  • First year students (2016/17)

    Please note following the introduction of The British School of Osteopathy in 2016/17 all of their students have been returned as first years even though this provider was previously part of the University of Bedfordshire.

    Student First year marker
  • First year, first degree student numbers (2014/15)

    A number of higher education providers have noted that due to the relaxation of student number controls their first year first degree numbers have increased above the sector average.

    Student Level of study
  • Foundation degree and other undergraduate student numbers (2010/11, 2011/12)

    Exeter University incorrectly reported 375 students in 2010/11 as foundation degrees; they should be coded as other undergraduates. The data has therefore been reported correctly in 2011/12 and explains the drop in foundation degrees and increase in other undergraduates.

    Student Level of study
  • Foundation degree qualifiers (2010/11)

    The University of Exeter incorrectly reported 375 qualifiers in 2010/11 as Foundation degrees; they should be coded as Other Undergraduates (specifically I80 - Other qualification at level I). This was corrected for 2011/12.

    Student Level of study Qualifications obtained
  • FTE of further education students (2010/11)

    The University of Glamorgan has identified an error in the FTE for some of their further education students. These students are all studying at the Merthyr Tydfil FE college which is part of the University of Glamorgan group. There are 781 full time students and 2,778 part time students, with a corresponding FTE submitted to HESA of 3,890.84 for FT and 604.99 for PT.

    On reflection it is clear that the full time FTE is incorrect, and this has been re-calculated. The actual FTE for full time at Merthyr Tydfil should be 782.66, this is a difference of 3108.18 (3890.84 – 782.66). All of these students were studying in cost centre 41 and therefore the cost centre 41 FTE needs to be reduced by 3108.18 to reflect the accurate position.

    Student Full-time equivalent (FTE)
  • FTE of postgraduate research students (2008/09)

    In 2008/09, the London School of Economics and Political Science over-reported around 300 postgraduate research students as having an FTE of 1.0. These should have been reported with an FTE between 0.1 and 0.2.

    Student Staff student ratio