The Unistats website provides comparable sets of information about full- or part-time undergraduate courses. It is designed to meet the information needs of prospective students.
As an additional technical resource for analysts and developers, we have made the raw dataset that underlies the Unistats website available for download. This incorporates information from the Key Information Set (KIS). The download is presented as a *.zip file containing the data in both XML format and multiple *.csv files.
Please read and accept the Terms and Conditions below to download the ZIP file.
Supporting files, documents and information about updates to the data are provided below.
Terms and conditions
You must read and accept the terms and conditions before downloading the file below.
When you click the button above, the download will begin. The file is delivered as a compressed archive (*.zip) containing a single XML file, a readme.txt file, and a number of *.csv files.
Supporting files and documents
XSD schema file: Unistats output schema - Provides detail of the structure of the data file, to be used prior to 2017-06-22.
XSD schema file: Unistats output schema (including TEF changes) - Provides detail of the structure of the data file, to be used from 2017-06-22 onwards.
Overview of the dataset: Unistats dataset file structure and description.
Brief introduction to XML format: Using the Unistats output file.
UKPRN codes: UNISTATS_UKPRN_lookup_20160901.xlsx. Please read disclaimers in first tab. This file will not be updated every week. UKPRN information is provided by the UK Register of Learning Providers.
Subject codes: Lookup table for JACS 3.0 (applicable to latest data).
KISAIM codes: List of KISCourse.KISAIM valid entries.
Updates to the Unistats dataset will be made as required, and in parallel with the Unistats website, when contributing higher education providers wish to update their information. These updates occur weekly on Wednesday afternoons. The file name of the *.zip file includes the date and time.
A Jisc mailing list has been set up to provide announcements relating to the Unistats dataset and this will be used to notify users of changes to the specification. If you wish to add your name to this mailing list please visit the Jisc website, click on ‘Subscribe or Unsubscribe' and provide your name and email address. Alternatively you can send an email to [email protected] with the Subject left blank and the Message: SUBSCRIBE KIS-UPDATE-ALERT Firstname Lastname
If you have any questions on the dataset please email us.
Using older Unistats data
If you are using an older version of the Unistats dataset (downloaded before 1 September 2016), please use the supporting files for the relevant collection year:
KIS Collection 2015/16 for dataset downloaded 2015-09-03 to 2016-08-31
KIS Collection 2014/15 for dataset downloaded 2014-08-28 to 2015-09-02
KIS Collection 2013/14 for dataset downloaded 2013-09-19 to 2014-08-27
KIS Collection 2012/13 for dataset downloaded before 2013-09-19