HEFCE guidance on key information for students

HEFCE has published preliminary guidance on the Key Information Set (KIS) which universities will have to publish about every undergraduate course from September 2012 onwards.

The KIS requirements are aimed at providing prospective students with a prescribed set of facts and figures, presented in a standard format, about:

  • student satisfaction with the course (from the National Student Survey)
  • what recent graduates have gone on to do, including the proportion in employment or further study, and average salaries
  • the proportions of time spent on scheduled learning and teaching activities, guided independent study, and work placements/study abroad
  • assessment methods, setting out proportion of written exams, practical exams and course work
  • tuition fees and student finance
  • costs of accommodation
  • professional accreditation of the course
  • student satisfaction with the student union

More information about the KIS and an outline of how the information will have to be presented can be found on the HEFCE website.

Read the BBC report on the KIS - "Students to get best-buy facts and consumer rights".

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