KIS stands for Key Information Sets: like every university in the UK, we are required to provide a set of information on various aspects of our undergraduate courses. KIS data is designed for UK applicants, but we hope that international applicants will find it useful too. The KIS categories cover a range of areas, and here we provide a brief explanation of the data.
Staff are good at explaining things; staff have made the subject interesting; satisfaction with advice and support; overall satisfaction
These figures are drawn from the National Student Survey (NSS), an annual survey of final final-year undergraduates. The University also gathers student feedback through unit and course questionnaires, student/staff consultative committees, the Students’ Union and an annual student barometer survey. We consider feedback carefully and wherever possible changes are made to help improve our students’ overall experience.
All our students have access to a personal tutor or equivalent in their academic school who can advise on academic or pastoral problems. Teaching staff are available to provide guidance on academic queries. Our students also have access to Just Ask, an advice service run by the Students’ Union and a range of Student Services.
Percentage in work or study after six months
This figure is derived from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. This annual survey is open to all our graduates and it aims to find out what they are doing approximately six months after they graduate. 'In work' means involved in any kind of work, full-time, part-time, voluntary or self-employed. Many of our graduates go on to study higher degrees and professional qualifications.
Though not all our courses demand it, accreditation provides external confirmation that our courses meet professional, statutory and regulatory requirements. An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills required if you wish to pursue a career in a certain area. Some employers prefer to recruit graduates with accredited degrees, and such degrees are likely to be recognised in other countries.
Percentage in professional and managerial roles after six months
This figure is derived from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. Professional and managerial jobs are generally referred to as 'graduate-level' jobs, as defined by the Standard Occupational Classification. Six months is a relatively short time after graduating to measure graduate employment - the value of a University of Bristol degree can show itself throughout our graduates' lives.
Annual cost of university accommodation
We have a wide range of accommodation at Bristol. Around forty percent of our accommodation is catered, which is reflected in the costs; and in most of our residences you get far more than just a room for your rent – in some you’ll find gyms and computer rooms, and many offer en-suite accommodation. All rooms have broadband internet access.
Percentage of scheduled learning and teaching activities
The Bristol learning experience will encourage you to be an independent learner. This is one of the hallmarks of a world-leading university education. Lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals and technology-enhanced learning provide a framework within which you will gain the skills to explore your subject through independent study.
Most courses start with a subject-specific grounding and as you progress through your course you will explore more independent areas of study and work. This can be very rewarding and will enable you to develop the intellectual and technical skills needed to succeed in both your subject and future career.
Percentage of assessment that is coursework
Assessment takes various forms, including written examinations, e-assessment, coursework, essays, dissertations, group projects, practical tests, fieldwork and presentations.
Please note that the assessment methods shown in the KIS only include summative assessments, eg those that contribute towards the final year mark; our students also have formative assessments which are designed to provide feedback on progress – these take many different forms.
Average salary after six months
This figure is derived from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey; it represents the average salary of those students who were employed full-time and chose to disclose this information in the survey.
We aim to help our students secure the job they want after graduation. Our Careers Service offers all kinds of information, advice and guidance to help students develop their employability skills, and it is available to graduates for three years after they finish their courses.
Annual cost of private accommodation
Many of our students choose to live in the districts of Clifton and Redland, close to the University and within walking distance of the city centre, but where rents are relatively high. There are many other areas in Bristol where you can live that are much less expensive.
Our Accommodation Office can help students find private rented accommodation.
Average annual fee
Fees for UK domiciled students (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)
Universities have had to increase tuition fees for new UK entrants to offset the reduction in funding that they receive from government teaching grants.
The University is re-investing a significant proportion of this fee income through its student financial support package and outreach activities. In order to provide students with the best possible learning experience, around £150-million has been invested in the construction and refurbishment of new and existing facilities since 2011.
The University is committed to ensuring that students from low-income backgrounds will not be deterred from taking a higher education degree after tuition fees increase from 2012. We provide a wide range of financial support for students.
Percentage of students who view the Students' Union positively
The University of Bristol Students' Union (Bristol SU) has received significant investment over the last 18 months. Through a combination of major organisational change and a £30-million financial investment in their building, the benefits of this are already taking effect, culminating in the opening of a refurbished union building in October 2014.
Bristol SU has achieved Investor in People status and has received a Bronze Award from the Students’ Union Evaluation Initiative (SUEI), the SU sector quality standard.
Feedback on my work has been prompt; feedback on my work has helped me clarify things I did not understand
These figures are drawn from the National Student Survey (NSS). The provision of prompt feedback on students' academic performance is an integral part of the learning process and to this end students receive feedback on assignments within three working weeks of the submission deadline.
Feedback may be provided through a variety of mechanisms and academic staff are available for advice and clarification.
The library resources are good enough for my needs; I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to
Please note KIS data will not be published for courses advertised 'subject to approval'.
KIS data is shown for new courses from the first year that that the course starts recruiting applicants (i.e. the year prior to the first students enrolling). KIS information will initially be limited but will increase over time as the course becomes established. National Student Survey (NSS) and Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) data for a new course may be taken from other courses within the same subject area until data for the new course becomes available.