Key Information Sets


What is the Key Information Set (KIS)?

The Key Information Set (KIS) is a set of summary information for all undergraduate degrees offered in the UK, which is intended to help prospective students make informed decisions about where to study and which courses to choose. The KIS includes the following information for each programme of study:

  1. student satisfaction (from the National Student Survey);
  2. average salary of graduates from the programme after six months;
  3. graduate destinations data;
  4. a summary of the proportion of independent study, scheduled learning and placement learning;
  5. a summary of assessment methods used,
  6. tuition fees and student finance,
  7. average accommodation costs
  8. a statement on professional accreditation and recognition (where applicable).

It is a statutory requirement for all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to provide this data set for each undergraduate programme. The KIS is published nationally on the Unistats website and through small adverts or ‘widgets’ on the University’s website. This first publication of the KIS was in September 2012.

It should be noted that the NSS figures in the Key Information Set can differ from those published via Ipsos MORI. There is an explanation about the calculation of the Unistats/KIS NSS figures in the right hand downloads on our nss webpage.

Data Collection

Much of the information collected for the KIS is generated using existing sources, either nationally (for example, NSS outcomes) or by professional service departments within the University (for example fees and accommodation costs). However, academic departments are expected to provide up-to-date information for the summary of learning, teaching and assessment methods (4 and 5 above) and accreditation and recognition (8 above).

Learning, teaching and assessment methods (LTAMs) data is collected using the Unit Management System (UMS). It is therefore important for academic departments to regularly review and update unit information on UMS to ensure that KIS data is accurate. An annual reminder to check this data will be sent to department in Semester 2. For further information on how to review and update LTAMs, and the HEFCE method for calculating summary data, please see the right hand links on this page.

Accreditation and recognition data for the KIS is gathered as part of the annual process for updating information relating to accreditation and recognition for all programmes of study, which is managed by LeTS. For further information, or to notify LeTS of any changes in accreditation/recognition status of any taught programmes, please contact your LeTS Faculty contact.

Data Review Departments are expected to comment on trends highlighted by the KIS data in their Annual Reflections, alongside established key performance indicators, and the information may also form part of the evidence base for Periodic Reviews.
Data provided for the KIS is subject to HEFCE’s validation requirements and is reviewed as part of the Quality Assurance Agency’s Institutional Review.

Wider Information Set

HEFCE have also specified a wider set of information about all UG programmes which HEIs should make available to the public. Depending on the type of information, some should be made available publicly and others should be available internally and externally on request.

HEFCE have specified the following categories of information:

  • Information on institutional context such as mission statement, learning and teaching strategy, information about collaborative partnerships
  • Information about the programmes such as prospectuses, programme specifications, results of internal student surveys
  • Information on quality and standards of programmes such as details of quality assurance processes, external examiners procedures, policies for student complaints, appeals and representation

As with the KIS, this data set is reviewed as part of the QAA’s Institutional Review.

Data Review

Departments are expected to comment on trends highlighted in the KIS data in their Annual Reflections, alongside established key performance indicators, and the information may also form part of the evidence base for Periodic Reviews.