Post-Registration Health and Social Care courses (2015/16 and 2016/17)
In 2015/16, Birmingham City University incorrectly reported qualifiers on H76 Post-Registration Health and Social Care courses. This has resulted in a fall of 835 part-time other undergraduate qualifiers from 2015/16 to 2016/17.
Postgraduate diploma courses (2018/19)
For 2018/19 The National Film and Television School omitted 283 students from postgraduate diploma courses.
Postgraduate taught numbers (2012/13)
London Metropolitan University has had a significant reduction (840) in their first year postgraduate taught students. This is largely due to the revocation of the University's Tier 4 licence which has meant that no new international students were recruited in 2012/13.
Postgraduate taught qualifications (2010/11 and 2011/12)
City University awarded a significant number of additional qualifications for postgraduate taught students in 2011/12. This was due to a previous change in course end dates meaning that a cohort crossed into a second HESA reporting year. This caused a temporary drop in numbers in 2010/11 with the 2011/12 figures returning to normal.
Postgraduate taught qualifier numbers (2012/13)
The City University has had a notable drop in full-time postgraduate taught qualifiers and a similar increase in part-time postgraduate taught qualifiers (approx. 1700). This is due to HEFCE requirements to re-code full-time postgraduate taught students whose course lasts longer than 12 months but less than 24 months to part-time after the first 12 months has expired. Students recorded in this way are now being awarded on a part-time mode and have now appeared under part-time qualifier figures.
Postgraduate taught qualifiers (2015/16)
In 2015/16, The University of Glasgow moved the date the board of examiners approves the award for its Business school. This meant it fell outside of HESA's reporting period and specifically affected postgraduate taught qualifiers. This has contributed to a 50% reduction in full-time postgraduate taught qualifiers at the University of Glasgow. These will be returned in 2016/17.
Postgraduate taught student instance count population
The University of York was incorrectly setting end dates for postgraduate taught students prior to 2012/13 using award date as opposed to the required date at which students completed the structured/ taught part of instance. Data submitted in 2012/13 is using the correct end date. This has impacted on their Postgraduate taught student instance count population for this year’s return (decreasing by 1140).
Postgraduate taught students (2015/16)
In 2015/16, The University of Birmingham changed the way it reported the final months of its Postgraduate taught students programmes. This has resulted in a visible decrease of both full-time and part-time Postgraduate taught student numbers at The University of Birmingham. These students now fall out of HESA’s standard populations where as previously they would have been included and now better align with HESA reporting requirements.
Provider merger (2007/08, 2008/09)
Dartington College of Arts merged with University College Falmouth in 2007/08 but continued to make separate returns for that collection year. A single return has been made in 2008/09.
Qualifications awarded (2013/14)
In the 2013/14 HESA Student return, University of Ulster incorrectly coded 175 nursing students, mostly full time, with a qualification of a first degree. These students have all been correctly and legitimately awarded first degrees and graduated in December 2014. The issue is one of timing, as these students were active in September 2014 and should not have had qualifications included in the HESA Student return for 2013/14. These qualifications will be removed from the 2013/14 Student return and included in the 2014/15 Student return.
In addition to the above, 25 students, mostly part-time from a range of subjects, were incorrectly coded with a qualification of a Master's degree. These qualifications will be removed from the 2013/14 Student return and will be included in the 2014/15 Student return.
N.B. This has been updated and is now correct in the 2013/14 v1502 Student record.
Student FTEs (2008/09)
The FTEs in Loughborough University return have been overstated for 2008/09. The issue relates to students on non-standard years (i.e. where the year of instance is not completed in one HESA reporting year). All students reported as being active in 2008/09 have been recorded as studying with an FTE of 1, rather than split according to the actual load undertaken in the reporting year. In the main this has over-reported students on full-time PGT programmes.
Student instances (2013/14)
The Open University in 2013/14 has seen a decrease in the number of new student instances of study (21%), considerably larger than the decrease in new students (individuals) (6%). HESA data counts instances of study rather than individual students.
The larger decrease in instance count is mainly reflective of changing behaviour of continuing students following the funding regime changes in 2012/13 and changes to university systems which impact on the number of new instances created for continuing students. There is a decreasing tendency for returning students to resume study towards a new qualification, i.e. on a new instance. Changes to the university’s HESA reporting systems mean e.g. that students gaining an intermediate qualification on the way to getting a first degree are reported on the same instance rather than a new instance as in previous years.
Subject of study (2007/08, 2008/09)
The Institute of Continuing Education at The University of Cambridge records enrolments by module, but its student record system is currently unable to capture separately the overall JACS programme of study for the unique course entity requirement. Consequently, for 2008/09, all 3,815 part-time other undergraduate students have been recorded as combined subject of study.
Term-time address (2015/16)
The University of Leicester misreported term-time address data for 2,000 (52%) first year first degree students in 2015/16. Due to a system error, the term-time postcodes for these students have been incorrectly recorded as their postcodes for summer correspondence. This also affects term-time accommodation data. The 2,000 first year first degree students should have been reported as living in a provider maintained property but instead have been reported under the property type that their summer correspondence postcode relates to, such as a parental/guardian home.
Undergraduate numbers (2012/13)
The Open University has had significant reductions in their undergraduate student numbers in England due to the impact of the new funding regime for part time undergraduate students introduced in 2012/13. This affects all categories of undergraduate students.
Undergraduate qualifications awarded (2012/13)
The Open University has had a drop in other undergraduate qualifications awarded. This reflects a restructuring of the undergraduate curriculum and changes to the qualification registration process in 2012/13, along with an overall drop in student numbers in 2012/13, in particular in England, following funding regime changes for part-time undergraduate students.
In particular there is a drop in the number of OU certificates awarded on completion of 60 credit points which students registered on old framework (pre 2012/13) qualifications could claim en route to a degree. This is not permitted for students registered on the new framework qualifications introduced in 2012/13.
Undergraduate student numbers (2015/16)
Heythrop College has announced that they are currently unable to offer full undergraduate programmes for full or part-time study as announced on 26th June 2015. This has resulted in a significant drop in their student numbers for 2015/16.
Unknown accommodation type (2012/13)
The University of Strathclyde has a significant proportion (87%) of their full-time and sandwich students whose term time accommodation is not categorised by type and therefore display’s as unknown.
The Queen’s University of Belfast has a significant proportion (69%) of their full-time and sandwich students with an unknown term time accommodation type.
Stranmillis University College has a significant proportion (66%) of their full-time and sandwich students with an unknown term time accommodation type.
St Mary’s University College have had technical issues in collecting and reporting term time accommodation data and therefore they have a significant proportion (69%) of their full-time and sandwich students with an unknown term time accommodation type.
Veterinary Science students (2015/16)
The University of Surrey admitted its first small cohort of undergraduates into its new School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014/15. In subsequent years the cohorts will be larger and the degree lasts for 5 years, so it is expected to see noticeable year on year increases in undergraduate numbers in Veterinary Science for The University of Surrey up until 2019/20.
Visiting students (2008/09)
In 2008/09, the London School of Economics and Political Science misreported 305 full-time other undergraduate visiting students as non-exchange students. As a result these students appear in the provider's other undergraduate figures, where they would normally have been excluded from the HESA session and standard registration populations.