Wider Information Set (WIS)

At the Hugh Baird University Centre we are committed to making it easier for prospective and current students and the wider general public to access information that we publish about ourselves and the courses we offer.

What is the Wider Information Set (WIS)?

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has specified the information they expect higher education providers to make available online or by request. This information forms part of what HEFCE has described as the Wider Information Set (WIS).

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is the lead regulator for higher education in England. Their powers are based on accountability for the public funding that they distribute.

Their work in this area covers assessing the quality of the education they fund, charity regulation and a limited role in assisting the Government to operate its regulatory function for alternative providers.

Downloads & Information

You can view the policies and procedures applicable to University Centre students here.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) aims to create the perfect blend of knowledge and practical experience to equip its graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work and, as one of their partner institutions the Hugh Baird University Centre shares this aim.

External examining is an integral and essential part of the institutional quality assurance process and provides one of the principal means of maintaining UK threshold academic standards within autonomous higher education institutions. At the Hugh Baird University Centre, we make meticulous use of the external examiners reports to assure quality and standards and to help identify opportunities for enhancement.

External examiners reports are made available internally for students on the VLE.

Unistats is the official site to search for, and compare, data and information on university and college courses from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.

Unistats – HE courses that have completed the National Student Survey (NSS) will display the results on the course landing page on the Hugh Baird University Centre website. All courses will display information on jobs and salaries after study and other key information for prospective students.

Why full Unistats data may not be available

A lack of data does not reflect on the quality of the course. There are several reasons why some courses will not have the full data to display. For example, newer courses may not yet have had the opportunity to collect student satisfaction data from the National Student Survey (NSS), or employment data from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE). Very new courses will also not have had time to build up data about continuation, qualifications on entry, and the degree that previous students have obtained.

Some well-established courses may also not be able to show student satisfaction data or employment data. This might be because the course runs with a small number of students, so that there are not enough responses to the surveys for the data to be statistically meaningful. Data can be misleading if it only represents a small number of students, and/or less than half the students on the course.

Some private companies that provide courses do not take part in the National Student Survey (NSS), Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, or other national data collections. Therefore, these data do not appear for these courses.

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