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Unistats dataset

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.

Unistats 2018 data will be available from 10 September 2018.

Unistats dataset

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 Unistats record. 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.

Experimental statistics - Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data

The Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data on Unistats is being published as experimental statistics by the Office for Students. This is available in the LEO.csv file and also between the Salary and Tariff entities in the XML Unistats dataset.

Further information can be found on the OfS website, where you can also provide feedback on this data.

Terms and conditions

You must read and accept the terms and conditions before downloading the file below.

I accept the terms and conditions

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.

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).

Lookup table for JACS 2.0 (applicable to data from 09/10 to 11/12).

KISAIM codes: List of KISCourse.KISAIM valid entries.

Data updates

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, or when HESA or the Office for Students (OfS) make changes to the underlying data. These updates occur weekly on Wednesday afternoons. The file name of the *.zip file includes the date and time.

Please see the OfS statement on corrections and revisions to the data presented on the Unistats website for a full description of how Unistats data changes throughout the year and how these changes are recorded.

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 6 September 2017), please use the supporting files for the relevant collection year:

Unistats Collection 2017/18 for dataset downloaded 2017-09-04 to 2018-08-29 [Please note, due to the inclusion of LEO data, there are two versions of the Unistats output schema - one for use prior to 5 July 2018, and one for use from 5 July to 29 August 2018]

KIS Collection 2016/17 for dataset downloaded 2016-09-01 to 2017-09-03 [Please note, due to changes in the TEF, there are two versions of the Unistats output schema - one for use prior to 22 June 2017, and one for use from 22 June to 3 September 2017].

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