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Wider Information Sets

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) strives to make it easier for students and the wider public to access information that higher education institutions already publish about their courses. The Wider Information Sets (WIS) specify what this information should, at a minimum, include. HEFCE provides guidance about information under three broad headings: information on institutional context; information about aspects of courses and awards; information on the quality and standards of programmes. Individual areas are addressed below and links provided to the University of Warwick information matching HEFCE requirements for ease of navigation. The University has also implemented the Key Information Sets (KIS) and the Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR).

Wider Information Sets are to:

  • inform the public about the quality of HE, and in particular, help provide potential students with information that will help them make a choice about what and where to study
  • help provide evidence to contribute to quality assurance processes in institutions (specifically review by the QAA)
  • help provide information that institutions can use to enhance the quality of their HE provision.

The information is to be provided in three categories: publically available information published on the institution’s website; information available internally only, for students and staff; information available on request. The University of Warwick generally makes information available to the general public; exemptions are clearly noted below.


Information on institutional context (publically available)

HEFCE requirement Information made available by the University of Warwick
The University’s Strategy Looking Forward
corporate plan or equivalent strategic statement on HE provision; where HE is publicly funded, through grants or student support, we would expect a high-level strategic document relating to the institution’s approach to providing HE to be freely available
statement of quality assurance policies and processes The Teaching Quality website provides a statement of quality assurance policies and processes.
learning and teaching strategy The University of Warwick Learning and Teaching Strategy 2012 to 2017
higher education strategy (for further education colleges) Not applicable
information on partnerships (this refers specifically to agreements between partners delivering HE provision collaboratively; although the full partnership agreement may be commercially confidential, we would expect that an institution engaged in collaborative provision would make clear the nature of its partnerships and, in particular, the responsibilities of each partner with respect to the maintenance of quality and standards) All collaborative courses approved by the University Senate are listed in the Collaborative course register; information about collaborative, validated and franchised courses is also available online.
employability statements University employability statement is accessible from the Student Careers & Skills website.


Information about aspects of courses and awards (publically available, unless otherwise stated)

HEFCE requirement

Information made available by the University of Warwick

prospectuses, programme guides, module descriptors or similar

Information for prospective students/applicants is available from the University Study pages.

Direct links:

Postgraduate Prospectus

Undergraduate Prospectus

Course regulations

University module catalogue


programme specifications - as well as information for students, ‘programme specifications’ may also provide a definitive description of a course for validation and approval purposes, and are particularly important in the context of collaborative provision. The QAA and relevant groups are therefore currently discussing the appropriateness of the term ‘programme specifications’. For the purpose of the wider information set, information that is relevant to students and the wider public should be publically available

Course regulations

Course specifications

All collaborative courses approved by the University Senate are listed in the Collaborative course register.

 

results of internal student surveys (these may be available internally only)

International Student Barometer (University staff only)

National Student Survey (NSS)

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)

 

links with employers – where employers have input into a course or programme (this could be quite a high-level statement)

 

partnership agreements, links with awarding bodies/delivery partners (noting above)

 

 

Information on the quality and standards of programmes (normally available internally and available externally on request)

HEFCE requirement

Information made available by the University of Warwick

procedures and outcomes for programme approval, monitoring and review

The Teaching Quality website provides information on course and module approval, monitoring and review, including governance structures put in place for the process. Minutes of committees involved in teaching quality monitoring and review are available online for public scrutiny:

Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC)

Board of Graduate Studies (BGS)

Board of Undergraduate Studies (BUGS)

Minutes of the Faculty Sub-committees involved in teaching quality assurance are available online to members of the University only:

Graduate Studies Committee of the Board of the Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate Studies Committee of the Board of the Faculty of Arts

Graduate Studies Committee of the Board of the Faculty of Medicine

Undergraduate Studies Committee of the Board of the Faculty of Medicine

Graduate Studies Committee of the Board of the Faculty of Science

Undergraduate Studies Committee of the Board of the Faculty of Science

Graduate Studies Committee of the Board of the Faculty of Social Sciences

Undergraduate Studies Committee of the Board of the Faculty of Social Sciences

 

2011 Institutional Teaching and Learning review.

 

External examination procedures taking into account current QAA guidance and the UUK/GuildHE review of external examining arrangements in universities and colleges in the UK. The role of external examiners should be clearly comprehensible. A brief public explanation of external examining procedures could be considered.

University information for external examiners for undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses and for research postgraduate external examiners, including forms, regulatory framework and guidance to external examiners.

policies for student complaints, appeals and representations

Information regarding student appeals and student complaints, including the Student Academic Complaints Procedure.

As well as information about appeals and complaints, departmental handbooks provide information to students on how to make representations to the Board of Examiners ahead of its meeting to consider student’s progress.