1. Introduction

The Unistats website located at http://unistats.direct.gov.uk, including any and all content, information and materials contained within it (this "Website"), is provided by Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) ("we", "us", "our"). It makes available standardised information about undergraduate courses. It enables you to compare official course data from universities and colleges (the "Database"). The information in the Database has been provided by universities and colleges, surveys of students who are in their final year or have left and other data providers.

2. Acceptance

Your access and use of this Website is subject to your acceptance of, and compliance with, the provisions of the terms and conditions for accessing and using this website below and any other legal notices and/or instructions which may appear on this Website from time to time (together the "Terms of Use"). These Terms of Use are governed by and construed in accordance with English law, and any disputes relating to these terms and conditions will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

IMPORTANT: By accessing and using this Website you will automatically be taken to have read, understood and accepted these Terms of Use. If you do not agree to be bound by the Terms of Use please cease to access and use this Website and any of the content found within it (including any content you have copied or downloaded).

3. Availability of Website

While we shall use reasonable endeavours to ensure that this Website is generally available we make no representation or guarantees as to such availability.

We reserve the right to withdraw access to all or any part of this Website for periods of time in order to modify its content, for scheduled or unscheduled maintenance and for other purposes, without notice to you.

Since you will receive this Website via third party telecommunications networks, you acknowledge that we cannot guarantee that the availability of this Website will be uninterrupted or error free. Similarly we cannot guarantee that the transmission of any information over such telecommunications networks will be secure nor that you will be able to access this Website at all times.

IMPORTANT: this Website is therefore provided to you on an "as is" and "as and when available" basis.

4. Registered user

You can opt to become a registered user of the Website so that you can save your searches of the Database ("Registered User"). When registering as a Registered User, you agree to provide accurate, up-to-date and complete information about yourself, as prompted by the Website ("Your Data") and to promptly update Your Data as and when any changes to Your Data occur.

In return we agree to use Your Data only for the purposes of allowing you to save your Database searches and only in accordance with these Terms of Use.

5. Content

While we do endeavour to ensure that the information contained in the Database ("Higher Education Information") is accurate, appropriate and up-to-date, you should note that:

  • since the Higher Education Information is provided by universities, other higher education providers and students, we cannot and do not undertake to monitor every item;
  • we make no representations, warranties or endorsements about the Higher Education Information or its accuracy; and
  • anything on this Website is for information purposes only and does not constitute legal or professional advice.

While we use virus checkers to check the content of the Website, we are unable to guarantee that is virus and/or error free. You should always check any content before downloading. Any content is downloaded by you from the Website at your own risk, and on the basis that you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of such content.

IMPORTANT: Please note that you are solely responsible for any decisions you take based on the information contained in the Website. To the extent permitted by law, we will not be liable to you for any loss or damage arising from your use of the Website.

6. Ownership and use of Content

You acknowledge that all rights in copyright, database rights, design rights, trade marks and other intellectual property rights (whether registered, capable of registration or otherwise) throughout the world, for the full duration of such rights ("IP Rights") in this Website (including in the Database) are owned by us or our other licensors (as appropriate).

Your licence of the Database

We, on our own behalf and on behalf of our licensors, grant you a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive licence to use the Higher Education Information subject to the conditions below.

This licence does not affect your freedom under fair dealing or fair use or any other copyright or database right exceptions and limitations.

You are free to:

  1. copy, publish, distribute and transmit the Higher Education Information;
  2. adapt the Higher Education Information; and
  3. exploit the Higher Education Information commercially for example, by combining it with other information, or by including it in your own product or application.

You must, where you do any of the above:

  1. acknowledge the source of the Higher Education Information by including the following statement:

    © HEFCE copyright material is reproduced with the permission of Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and may be accessed in its original form here: http://unistats.direct.gov.uk. All copyright and other intellectual property rights in any material contained on the Unistats website are owned by HEFCE or its licensors.

    and, where possible, provide a link to this licence;
  2. ensure that you do not use the Higher Education Information in a way that suggests any official status or that we endorse you or your use of the Higher Education Information;
  3. ensure that you do not mislead others or misrepresent the Higher Education Information or its source; and
  4. ensure that your use of the Higher Education Information does not breach the Data Protection Act 1998 or the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003.

These are important conditions of this licence and if you fail to comply with them the rights granted to you under this licence, this licence will end automatically.


This licence does not cover the use of any of the logos on this site except where they form an integral part of a document or dataset.

7. Links to third party sites

We provide links to third party sites and content for your convenience. These links are not recommendations. Please note that third party content may be subject to terms and conditions imposed by the third party owner of the content. The inclusion of third party links does not imply endorsement by us of any content contained on the sites accessible via those links. HEFCE is not responsible for the content of such third party websites and hereby disclaims all liability for any loss and/or damage that may be incurred by you as a result of your access and/or use of such content.

8. Web cookies

We use two types of cookies on our Website:

  • Web Cookies
    Web cookies consist of small files, often including unique identifiers, that are sent by web servers to web browsers, and which may then be sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. They can be used by web servers to identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and to identify users returning to a website. If you become a Registered User, we use cookies to enable you to save your searches and return to them at a later date. By becoming a Registered User, you consent to us using these cookies for these purposes.
  • Google Analytics
    The Unistats website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics uses cookies to evaluate your use of the website and compiles reports for us on activity on the website.
    Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. By using the Unistats website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.
    You do not have to accept this cookie and may reject or delete it. Further information about how to do this can be found on Google:

9. Contacting Us

You can contact us by sending an e-mail message to: kis@hefce.ac.uk

Or by writing to us at:
Provision of Information team
HEFCE, Northavon House
Coldharbour Lane, Frenchay
BS16 1QD