Wider Information Set (WIS)

At University Centre at Blackburn College we are committed to making it easier for students and the wider public to access the information that we publish about ourselves and our courses.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has specified the information they expect higher education providers to make available online or by request. This information forms part of what HEFCE has described as a Wider Information Set (WIS).

What’s the Wider Information Set (WIS) for?

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

The links below will point you in the direction of information which we hope you will find useful.

The Quality Assurance Agency

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Every University and College of Higher Education is responsible for ensuring that appropriate standards are achieved and a good quality education is being offered. Here at University Centre at Blackburn College, we take this responsibility extremely seriously.

The body that safeguards the public interest in sound standards of higher education qualifications is the QAA (the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education). They do this by working with higher education institutions to define academic standards and quality, and by carrying out and publishing reviews against these standards.

In addition to the QAA, all our courses are validated by well-respected institutions such as Lancaster University, University of Central Lancashire and the University of South Wales and University of Cumbria Our validation/approval process is rigorous and we regularly review our courses to ensure that we’re constantly offering courses that meet your needs.

There are also internal systems in place to ensure each course is providing a great experience to you, the student. This, in conjunction with the mature relationship with have with our partner universities, means you can be sure in the quality of the course you’re taking part in.

Read our Latest QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) Review 

External Examiners

The external examiner plays an important role in all degree level courses in Higher Education in the UK. External examining provides a means maintaining UK academic standards within higher education institutions.

External examiner reports are available internally for students through Programme Committees. 

Key Information Sets (KIS)

The Key Information Set (KIS) contains the information which students nationally have said they find most useful when making choices about which course to study. Some of the items are measures of student satisfaction from the National Student Survey (NSS), others are from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) which surveys students who gained a qualification from a university or college, six months after they left. Where applicable you can see the KIS data directly on our course pages. You may however choose to use the information on Unistats – which allows you to compare data from different Universities and Colleges.