Key Information Sets

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The Key Information Set (KIS) was introduced in September 2012 as a new initiative to provide prospective students and parents with a consistent set of comparable information on University courses. It aims to provide information at a course level using indicators such as student satisfaction; employability statistics; course structure (contact hours and assessment types) and financial information (tuition and accommodation fees). KIS information is available on the Unistats website,, and on course pages on University websites.

Recognising the speed in which KIS was imposed on Universities; the new data collection requirements; the slow development of student record systems to facilitate the process; knowing HEFCE will audit the returns, and ultimately the importance of KIS as a marketing and

recruitment tool, we assisted our Members by undertaking a number of KIS reviews during 2012/13.

Our approach has been to work with institutions to check that processes for the compilation of the KIS information are effective and efficient, and the information itself is accurate and returned in accordance with HEFCE requirements. During the course of our reviews we have identified some common and, at times some unique, issues. Here we provide a sample of the most common issues we have found.

KIS Briefing Paper


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