The Academic Statistics report provides an in-depth account of the students and staff of the University alongside data on league table rankings and other comparative information. All tables have notes which describe the data, showing its source, and indicating any links between individual tables and other University reports. It is important that the notes are read in conjunction with the data tables as, in some cases, they explain differences in figures between tables and clarify how the data has been generated.
Overall, the Academic Statistics is intended to keep the University's staff, committees and academic departments well informed by providing them with a breadth of internal and external data that will assist them in making decisions as well as providing an authoritative source of management information (although it is of course, always important to remember that there is no absolute measure of performance in higher education). Also, caution should be taken when comparing external performance indicators with internal data as often the information is calculated differently, and may be extracted at different census dates. Drawing simple comparisons between data on departments in individual tables can also often be misleading.
The University Profile gives a summary of all students and staff at the University and sets this into the context of our position regionally.
The printed version of the document only contains the most commonly used tables, as the full document is now published on the web.
The data in both the hardcopy and on the web complies with the recommendations of the Cooke Report on Information on Quality and Standards in Higher Education (HEFCE 02/15).
The Academic Database was first produced following a decision by Senate in 1980 that the University needed to pay more explicit regard to quantitative factors or "performance indicators" in its academic planning and resource allocation. The Database was fundamentally revised in 2001/02 (and renamed Academic Statistics). The 2005/06 edition and those following, which now incorporates over one hundred charts and tables, carry a Profile of each department, school and centre which, it is hoped, will provide for a more user-friendly document for departmental staff. In addition, the new structure is similar to that being presented to, and used by, the Academic Resourcing Committee to inform the academic planning process.