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How should we measure higher education? A fundamental review of the Performance Indicators

The UK Performance Indicators (UKPIs) for higher education provide information on the nature and performance of the HE sector in the UK. A fundamental review of the UKPIs was commissioned by the UK Performance Indicators Steering Group (UKPISG) in early 2013 in the context of large-scale, fast-paced changes in the HE sector, and differing policies for HE between the UK nations. The overarching aim of the research was to review the rationale, purpose and policy drivers of the UKPIs, the usage and the users of the UKPIs, and whether the existing UKPIs were still fit for purpose.

The UKPIs are intended as an objective and consistent set of measures of how a higher education provider is performing. The first set of UKPIs was published in 1999, having been developed out of recommendations of the National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education (the Dearing Report) to provide suitable indicators and associated benchmarks of the performance of the HE sector. 

The 2013 review engaged with a wide range of interested bodies and organisations, through a series of stakeholder interviews, online consultation and deliberative events. The final reports of the review process were received by the UKPISG in September 2013, who will now use the findings reported in those documents to guide their future work.

Author(s): Emma Pollard, Matthew Williams, Joy Williams, Christine Bertram, Jonathan Buzzeo (IES); Emma Drever, Julia Griggs and Steve Coutinho (NatCen)

Other Publishers: Institute for Employment Studies (IES), National Centre for Social and Economic Research (NatCen), HEFCE

Production date: 2013

How to obtain: Download How should we measure higher education? A fundamental review of the Performance Indicators 

Communities: Graduate Labour Market (GLaM), Employability

Audiences: Academics, Careers practitioners , Employers

Format: Web


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