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  • 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
  • FTE of postgraduate research students (2011/12)

    The University of Glasgow mis-reported the FTE of some postgraduate research students for 2011/12. 720 students (646.6 FTEs) were incorrectly reported with an FTE of 1.0 where they should have been returned as 0.1.

    Student Full-time equivalent (FTE) Level of study
  • FTE of postgraduate students (2010/11)

    The University of St Andrews mis-reported 240.0 FTEs relating to postgraduate research writing-up students. These students were each returned with an FTE of 1.0 instead of 0.1. The correct figure for FTE of postgraduate students at St Andrews is 1932.4 instead of 2147.5.

    Student Full-time equivalent (FTE) Level of study
  • FTE/FPE reporting (2015/16)

    In 2015/16, The University of South Wales conducted a data validation exercise following the introduction of a new HR/Payroll system. This resulted in changes in the method of calculating FTE/FPE, to better align with HESA reporting requirements.

    Staff Full-time equivalent (FTE)
  • Full-time foundation degree and part-time other undergraduate numbers (2011/12)

    St George's Hospital Medical School implemented a new full-time foundation degree in Healthcare practice in January 2012 which explains the proportional increase in other undergraduate instances for this provider between 2010/11 and 2011/12.

    here has also been a considerable increase in part-time, other undergraduate instances returned. This is due to a large increase of CPD (continuing professional development) students registering for low credit-bearing module study.

    Student Level of study Mode of study
  • Full-time foundation degree student numbers (2012/13)

    The University of Brighton has a significant reduction in first year full-time foundation degree students (505). This is largely due to a number of the programmes delivered by their partner colleges now being directly funded.

    Student Level of study Mode of study
  • Full-time postgraduate taught and full-time first degree numbers (2011/12 - 2012/13)

    The University of Sunderland has had a significant increase in full-time postgraduate taught (560) and full-time first degree (620) students. This relates to a new campus (in London) being introduced in 2011/12. In 2011/12 there was only an April intake, in 2012/13 there was an August, October, January and April intake.

    Student Level of study Mode of study
  • Full-time, first degree in Social Work student numbers (2012/13)

    Sheffield Hallam University excluded in error 70 students from their qualifiers population in 2012/13. This affects their full-time first degree in Social Work data. It will also affect overall provider statistics but it will have a marked impact on any leaver or qualification statistics covering the Social Work subject of study.

    Level of study Subject of study Mode of study
  • Full-time, first degree qualifiers (2013/14)

    In 2013/14, The University of Edinburgh had a significant decrease (18%) in the number of full-time first degree qualifiers.  The university planned for and recruited a much smaller cohort of home and EU students in 2010/11 leading to the smaller number of graduates in 2013/14.  This decision impacted on the recruitment in one academic year, but was made to enable a more consistent number of places to be available to new applicants in the years since.

    Student Level of study Qualifications obtained Mode of study
  • Full-time, first year, other undergraduate students (2013/14)

    In 2013/14, SRUC had a significant increase to their full-time other undergraduate first year students, from 120 in 2012/13 to 655 in 2013/14.  This was due to the merger of the former Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges and SAC to form SRUC.

    Level of study Mode of study
  • Full-time, foundation degree qualifiers (2013/14)

    In 2013/14, The University of Brighton had a significant decrease in the qualifications awarded for full-time foundation degree qualifiers (405 qualifiers representing a 75% decrease from 2012/13). This is due to the transfer of previously franchised provision to their partner providers.  Although they still validate the awards, the students now belong to their partner provider.

    Student Level of study Qualifications obtained Mode of study
  • Full-time, foundation degree students (2010/11 to 2016/17)

    From 2010/11 to 2016/17 the University of Plymouth has had a significant reduction (a drop of 94%, approx. 8400 students) in their franchised student numbers following a change in guidance from HEFCE regarding the reporting of partnership arrangements.

    Student Level of study Mode of study
  • Full-time, postgraduate taught students (2009/10)

    The University of Glamorgan changed its reporting practices for a number of their full-time postgraduate taught students that were active over two reporting years. These students were previously returned as active in their first year but dormant in their second year. For 2009/10 these students are now returned as active in both academic years.

  • Full-time, postgraduate taught students (2013/14)

    In 2013/14, Cardiff Metropolitan University had a significant increase in their full-time postgraduate taught student numbers from 2,245 in 2012/13 to 3,275 in 2013/14. This was largely due to a significant increase in recruitment to their franchise partners.

    In 2013/14, The City University recorded a significant increase in its full-time postgraduate taught students numbers, from 3,705 in 2012/13 to 5,585 in 2013/14. This was mainly due to improving the recording practice for full-time Master's students on 13+ month courses, which were previously coded to part-time after the first 12 months of their course. This also affected their full-time postgraduate taught qualifications awarded, which increased from 1,175 in 2012/13 to 3,100 in 2013/14.  A corresponding decrease in part-time postgraduate taught qualifications awarded can also be seen.

    Student Level of study Mode of study
  • General Performance Indicators suppressions

    Rounding strategy

    Due to the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 HESA implements a strategy in published and released tabulations designed to prevent the disclosure of personal information about any individual. This strategy involves rounding all numbers to the nearest multiple of 5 and suppressing percentages and averages based on small populations.

    HESA Services Standard Rounding Methodology:

    1. All numbers are rounded to the nearest multiple of 5
    2. Any number lower than 2.5 is rounded to 0
    3. Halves are always rounded upwards (e.g. 2.5 is rounded to 5)
    4. Percentages based on fewer than 22.5 individuals are suppressed
    5. Averages based on 7 or fewer individuals are suppressed
    6. The above requirements apply to headcounts, FPE and FTE data
    7. Financial data is not rounded

    Total figures are also subject to this rounding methodology after calculation; so the sum of numbers in each row or column may not match the total shown. Suppressed values are normally represented as '..' in published tables (prior to 2006/07 these were represented as a blank value within the UK Performance Indicators.

    Note: The suppression level within the UK Performance Indicators changed from 20 to 22.5 in 2011/12.

    From 2011/12, data within the employment indicators have been suppressed and represented as a blank cell where the response rate for a HE provider is less than 85 per cent of the target response rate (68.0% for table E1a, 59.5% for tables E1b-E1d). Data for these HE providers have been excluded from all indicator and benchmark calculations. In 2010/11, data for HE providers in table E1 have been suppressed where response rates to the destinations of leavers survey was considered to be sufficiently low that their data may not be comparable with other HE providers.

    From 2012/13, where data for a HE provider has been suppressed, they have been removed from all totals and benchmark calculations, see PITG paper 13/01. Also from 2012/13, in the event that a HE provider's data contains more than 50 per cent unknown values within the benchmarking factors, the benchmark has been suppressed and represented as a blank cell. This data has, however, been retained and included in totals and benchmark calculations for the rest of the sector. See PITG paper 13/03 and PITG minutes, 28 February 2013.

    Performance Indicators Performance indicators in heidi Performance indicators suppressions
  • Generation of electricity exported to grid (2014/15)

    Manchester Metropolitan University have misreported their Generation of electricity exported to grid in the 2014/15 Estates Management record return. They submitted the figure of 1821 kWh when this should be 0 as they do not export any electricity to grid.

    Estates management Environment
  • HE provider accounting practice (2011/12 - 2014/15)

    The University of Buckingham publishes audited accounts to 31 December each year. Consequently, the income and expenditure in this finance data is prepared from management accounts spanning two financial years, which can be reconciled to the published accounts for multiple years, e.g. 2013 and 2014 for 31 December 2013.

    Guildhall School of Music and Drama is owned and run by the City of London Corporation and does not produce their own balance sheet, statement of total recognised gains and losses, or cash flow statement.

  • HE provider practice (2012/13)

    Scotland’s Rural College, SRUC, was formed on 1 October 2012 by the merger of Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges and SAC (Scottish Agricultural College). The merger resulted in a significant uplift in the size of the estate. Due to the land based nature of the college we have an unusual estate compared to the majority of other institutions.

    Estates management
  • HE provider practice (2013/14, 2014/15)

    The following providers did not make an Estates Management record data return to HESA:
    Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
    The University of Buckingham

    The FSR submissions for The University of East Anglia and The University of Essex include figures for income, net return, net assets and deferred capital grants for the University Campus Suffolk, which is a 50:50 joint venture between these two universities.

    Estates management