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of students enter the university of their choice

4400+

students consult Education Index when applying for universites

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Key for the search characteristics and statistics used

Subject area 

What is it?

There are more than 1300 subjects taught in the UK institutions and stored at our database.

How we use it?

All subjects are united into 19 subject areas. For example, subject area “Business and Administrative studies” comprised of more than 60 subjects including Finance, Management, Marketing and Human Resource Management.  There is also a “Combined” courses group, which represents courses providing dual degrees/subjects specialisations, for example, Law with French.

Research excellence/Research score

What is it?

An index for the quality of the research undertaken by the institution in a specific subject area. This is defined by the last Research Assessment Exercise performed by the British funding bodies. This measure serves as a good indicator of institution’s specialisation in a chosen subject area. This indicator should be applied for only Master, PhD and similar postgraduate courses as quality of research can rarely significantly influence teaching quality at an undergraduate level.

How we use it?

Subjects at specific institutions have been categorised as having research activity that attains at least a minimum level of research excellence. When Research excellence is ticked on the Detailed search page, then only courses within those subjects at those institutions are included in the search results. The higher the score,the higher the level of scientific research and subject specific knowledge accumulated at the institution. 

Quality of teaching

What is it?

Quality of teaching is estimated annually by British students participating in the National Student Survey. To define the quality of teaching, students are asked if they agree with the following statements:

  • Staff are good at explaining things.
  •  Staff have made the subject interesting.
  • Staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching.
  • The course is intellectually stimulating, with possible answers: Definitely disagree, Mostly disagree, Neither agree nor disagree, Mostly agree, Definitely agree.

How we use it? 

On the basis of students’ responses we have defined five bands for Quality of teaching. The highest figure is about 4.7, and the lowest is about 3.03, and the average is about 4.05.

The bands are:

  • Excellent (4.5+)
  • Good (4.20 – 4.49)
  • Average (3.80 – 4.19)
  • Below average (3.30 – 3.79)
  • Lowest range (<= 3.29)

If Quality of teaching is ticked on the Search page, then the results only show courses from Good and Excellent bands. The higher the score,the higher the perceived Quality of teaching by the students. 

Quality of learning resources 

What is it?  

Quality of libraries, IT, laboratories, rooms and other facilities of their institutions is estimated annually by British students participating in the National Student Survey. To define the quality of learning resources, students are asked if they agree with the following statements:

  • The library resources and services are good enough for my needs. 
  • I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to.
  • I have been able to access specialised equipment, facilities or room when I needed to, with possible answers: Definitely disagree, Mostly disagree, Neither agree nor disagree, Mostly agree, Definitely agree.

How we use it? 

On the basis of students’ responses we have defined five bands for Quality of learning resources. The highest figure is approximately 4.7, the lowest is about 3.03, and the average is about 4.05.

The bands are:

  • Excellent (4.5+) 
  • Good (4.20 – 4.49) 
  • Average (3.80 – 4.19) 
  • Below average (3.30 – 3.79) 
  • Lowest range (<= 3.29)

If Quality of learning resources is ticked on the Search page, then the results only show courses from Good and Excellent bands. The higher the score,the higher the quality of learning resources is estimated by the students.

Entry requirements

What is it? 

A number of points that first year students achieved by the time that they started the course, as calculated using the UCAS tariff framework. This characteristic helps to compare level of entry requirements of different departments and institutions. Even though the data is available for only undergraduate entrants, this characteristic can often indicate a general level of institutions’ entry requirements for all courses offered.

How we use it?

  • Highest value: 530
  • Lowest value: 80
  • Average: 276

The bands are:

  • High (top 10%) is > 90% (410+)
  • Average = 60 - 90% (280 – 410)
  • Below avergae < 60% (0 – 280). All values are median values.

The higher the score, the more difficult it is to get accepted to the course.

% unemployed 6 months after graduation

What is it?

This represents a percentage of graduates who do not have job and do not continue their studies 6 months after graduation.

How we use it?

  • Highest percentage: 20%
  • Lowest percentage: 0%
  • Average: 4%

The bands are:

  • < 5%
  • 5 - 10%
  • > 10%

The lower the score, the better the chances of the graduates receiving a job after graduation.

% of graduates received graduation job

What is it?

This represents a percentage of students who successfully completed the course and are currently employed, 6 months after graduation, having a job requiring graduate diploma according to a standard occupational classification applied.

How we use it?

  • Highest percentage: 100%
  • Lowest percentage: 35%
  • Average: 73%

The bands are:

  • > 80%
  • 60 - 80%
  • < 60%

The higher the score, the better the chances of the graduates obtaining a job relevant to the knowledge and experience they have gained at the university.

Students satisfaction

Is the percentage of students studying at the University who said they either definitely agree or mostly agree to the National Student Survey question "Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course".

University ranking

What is it?

This is a position of the university in one of the most popular university rankings, the Complete University Guide, comprised in association with The Independent newspaper.

Nationality of students

What is it?

Statistics on a number of Russian students studying at the institution are provided by HESA presented on each institution page.

How we use it?

Due to the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Human Rights Act 1998 to prevent a disclosure of personal information about any individual, all numbers were rounded to the nearest 5 as: 0,1 and 2 were rounded to 0; all other numbers were rounded to the nearest 5. For example, 3 is represented as 5, 22 is represented as 20, 3286 is represented as 3285 while 0, 20, 55, 3510 remain unchanged.