Information for providers
The Discover Uni website is owned and operated by the UK higher education funding and regulatory bodies:
- The Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland
- The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales
- The Office for Students in England
- The Scottish Funding Council.
It includes official statistics about higher education courses taken from national surveys and data collected from universities and colleges about all their students.
Read our sections below for information for providers, including:
- how to submit or amend the course information displayed on Discover Uni
- guidance on the configuration and display of the Discover Uni widget on your own course pages.
Information on course pages
The data on Discover Uni is called the Discover Uni dataset (formerly known as the Unistats dataset). We operate the data collection in partnership with the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), who are now a part of JISC.
OfS-registered higher education providers in England, and providers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are required to submit an annual Unistats submission to HESA which includes details of their eligible undergraduate courses. To find out if a course is eligible to be returned in a providers’ Unistats submission, please see the coverage statement on the HESA website.
The Discover Uni dataset is comprised of the information that providers submit to HESA in their Unistats data submission, as well as data from the National Student Survey, Graduate Outcomes Survey and LEO, and information about quality assessment and standards.
Discover Uni displays the most recent Discover Uni data - currently the 2023 dataset. This dataset contains information relevant to courses that will run in the 2024-25 academic year.
Full details can be found in the Unistats 2023 publication, published by the UK regulatory and funding bodies:
- The Office for Students released the publication for providers in England and Northern Ireland
- The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) has published information for providers in Wales
- The Scottish Funding Council released the publication for providers in Scotland.
Providers can update their existing information on Discover Uni by resubmitting their Unistats data to HESA. The Discover Uni dataset is updated weekly, and any changes will be reflected in the dataset and on the Discover Uni website at that point.
Detailed guidance on the content of the data collection is available on the HESA website. For specific queries on Unistats submissions or the Discover Uni data collection, please contact the HESA Liaison team: [email protected].
Please note that newly registered providers in England are required to submit and sign off a Unistats return within two months of the date of registration with the Office for Students.
Further details on the data items we publish on course pages can be found on our 'about our data' page.
Provider contact details
The Discover Uni dataset contains provider names and contact details from the UK Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP). Discover Uni will present this information as it is set out in the provider's own UKRLP record under the 'provider trading name'. If no trading name exists on UKRLP, the legal name is used instead.
Providers can update their UKRLP record at any time, and any changes made will be reflected on Discover Uni after the Discover Uni dataset weekly update.
Discover Uni widget
The Discover Uni widget is embedded on course pages on provider websites, and provides a headline of the Discover Uni data associated with that course, as well as a direct link to the corresponding course page on the Discover Uni website. Providers are expected to display a widget on their course pages for each course that is present on Discover Uni.
The data displayed on the widget is:
- % of students in the National Student Survey were satisfied overall with their course (for providers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales only)
- % in work or doing further study 15 months after the course from the Graduate Outcomes Survey.
- % of students in the National Student Survey say staff have supported their learning well.
The widget must be configured according to the instructions given in the guidance to avoid display and functionality issues. Like the course pages on the Discover Uni website, all information provided on the widget is pulled from the Discover Uni dataset, so all details provided to configure the widget must match the corresponding course information submitted in your Unistats data which has been collected for inclusion in the Discover Uni dataset.
Please note that the widget may not display all the data items listed above if the data is not available on the corresponding course page on Discover Uni – please see the guidance for full details.
If you have any queries about the Discover Uni widget, please contact us: [email protected].