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Notes on Student Tables 2003/04

The list of institutions in the HESA products for 2003/04 has changed.

  1. The Northern School of Contemporary Dance has become a full affiliate member of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama and is now not shown separately.

  2. The following institutions have changed their names in the HESA products for 2003/04:
    • The London Institute changed to University of the Arts, London
    • University of Wales College, Newport changed to The University of Wales, Newport
    • University of Surrey Roehampton changed to Roehampton University
    • King Alfred’s College Winchester changed to University College Winchester
    • Chester College of HE changed to University College Chester

  3. University of London is a confederal organisation. The colleges of the university, shown separately in the HESA reference volumes, are:
    Birkbeck College
    Courtauld Institute of Art
    Institute of Education
    Goldsmiths College
    Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
    King’s College London
    London Business School
    London School of Economics and Political Science
    London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
    The School of Oriental and African Studies
    The School of Pharmacy
    Queen Mary and Westfield College
    Royal Academy of Music
    Royal Holloway and Bedford New College
    The Royal Veterinary College
    St. George’s Hospital Medical School
    University College London
    (Heythrop College is also a college of University of London, but is not included in HESA statistics, as it is not publicly-funded.)

    In addition, the institutes within the umbrella of University of London (Institutes and activities) are:
    British Institute in Paris
    University Marine Biological Station, Millport
    School of Advanced Study comprises:
    Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
    Institute of Classical Studies
    Institute of Commonwealth Studies
    Institute of English Studies
    Institute of Germanic Studies
    Institute of Historical Research
    Institute of Latin American Studies
    Institute of Romance Studies
    Institute of United States Studies
    Warburg Institute

  4. The University of Cambridge does not classify its B.A. degree, but awards classes in the Tripos (honours) examination usually taken at the end of each academic year. Up to and including 2002/03 the class of degree recorded on the HESA record was the best class obtained and not necessarily that obtained in the final year. For 2003/04 and thereafter, the class obtained in the final year is being reported. The results reported under this new method are now more closely comparable to those reported by other institutions.

  5. Analyses of subject information show Full Person Equivalents (FPE). These are derived by splitting student records between the different subjects that make up their qualification aim. Totals of FPE may differ slightly to counts of students due to rounding.

  6. Students of unknown age or length of programme are included in total figures and percentage calculations but not in separate breakdowns.

  7. Students of unknown UK domicile are included in total UK figures, but not in separate breakdowns.

  8. Students of non-UK domicile, but whose country is unknown are included in total figures but not separate breakdowns.

  9. Students whose ethnicity is not known include those who have been coded ‘information refused’.

  10. An unseen disability means, for example, diabetes, epilepsy or asthma.

  11. Figures only include those students whose age is known.

  12. Data returned by the Open University in 2003/04 now provides a split between part-time first degree students and other undergraduate students. This is due to changes in reporting practice made according to HEFCE funding requirements. Previously students taking Open University credits were returned as studying at other undergraduate level or other postgraduate level, although the credits gained could count towards the award of a first degree or postgraduate degree. In 2003/04 Open University students were reported according to their recorded award intention and the broad subject of that award intention at the HESA return date. It should be noted that Open University students do not have to declare an award intention and many are still reported as studying for institutional credit within the "combined" subject of study. This has had the affect of apparently reducing part-time other undergraduate numbers. This has also affected the number of records returned as students who linked modules to two distinct qualification aims have been returned in two records. It should, however, be noted that the qualifications obtained tables have not been affected in such a dramatic way because the changes in reporting practice only affects enrolment data.

  13. Due to technical issues, Liverpool Hope University College have incorrectly reported their first degree classifications and the figures understate the number of firsts and upper seconds.

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