Information for students at heart of Government White Paper

Tuesday, 28 June 2011


Proposals, led by Brookes' Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Beer, to improve the quality and access of information for students, were endorsed in a Government Higher Education White Paper today.

Proposals, led by Brookes’ Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Beer, to improve the quality and access of information for students, were endorsed in a Government Higher Education White Paper today.

The White Paper backs proposals for both a Key Information Set to be developed for each undergraduate course and for Student Charters for each university.

Key Information Sets will provide uniform data for each degree level programme – giving students considering a degree easy access to official information on student satisfaction rates, graduate employment prospects and how they will be taught and assessed.

Student Charters will be developed by universities in partnership with their Students’ Union to provide headline information on what students can expect when they study for their degree.

Professor Beer had a key role in developing both projects.  She currently chairs the Higher Education Public Information Group which led the development of Key Information Sets and was asked by Government ministers to jointly chair with the President of the NUS the group that developed plans for charters.

Speaking after the Parliamentary launch of the White Paper she said: “I’m extremely pleased the Government is today endorsing proposals to improve the quality and accessibility of information for those considering a degree.

“Key Information Sets and Student Charters are student led. They have been developed in close co-operation with students and in response to what they tell us they want to know before they apply and whilst studying.

“At Brookes we have been proud of our student centred approach for many years but at a time when the personal investment a student has to put in is being increased, the provision of this kind of data is vital to prove the long term value of a degree and to help students make the right choice on what they want to study.”

Key Information Sets will provide data for each University undergraduate programme enabling prospective students to compare each course on 17 key requirements including information on:

  • The quality and make up of the course: data on student satisfaction rates for recent students, methods of teaching and assessment and fee levels.
  • Future employment prospects:  with data on graduate employment rates for graduates that have previously studied the course and details on any professional body accreditation for it.
  • Wider university life: information on the university’s Students’ Union, accommodation costs, bursaries and financial support.