Sources of Information

Sources of Information

We aim to provide a range of online and personalised services that are available in one place.

We provide statistical and impartial factual information on educational institutions in the UK that is publically available and collected by Government departments and agencies. This information is made available to the public and can be published under the Government’s Open License agreement. We also source and publish additional information from organisations that promote data for parents and students with their expressed permission.

We source the data and other information to create and update this site from the following organisations:

Institutions claim their listings and provide additional information, images and videos

We encourage institutions to claim their listing on at no cost; this is mainly to give every institution as much visibility online as possible. We also invite institutions to provide further details and information that is really useful for our users.

Institutions’ own websites

Where certain information is not always available in the public domain (under the Open Government License), MyEd collect factual information from education institutions’ websites. This information includes: checking for name changes, legal status, address and contact details, head teacher/principal/director/vice-chancellor, term dates, open dates and visit dates, age ranges catered for, campuses, and departments.

Department for Education (DfE)

The Department for Education is responsible for education and children’s services in England. We source factual information and reports from DfE’s various agencies.

The DfE is a ministerial department, supported by 9 agencies and public bodies that include:

  • Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)
  • Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
  • Education Funding Agency
  • National College for Teaching and Leadership
  • Standards and Testing Agency
  • Office of the Children’s Commissioner
  • School Teachers’ Review Body
  • Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission
  • Office of the Schools Adjudicator

All content produced by the Department for Education is made available under the Open Government Licence (OGL).

Department for Education: Performance Tables

The Department for Education performance tables provide comparative information on pupil attainment and progress.

The performance tables present information alongside wider contextual data including Ofsted, absence, workforce and financial data, presenting users with a wider understanding of the setting in which schools are operating.


Ofsted is short for the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. Ofsted regulates and inspects to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages. It regulates and inspects childcare and children’s social care, and inspects the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (Cafcass), schools, colleges, initial teacher training, work-based learning and skills training, adult and community learning, and education and training in prisons and other secure establishments. It assesses council children’s services, and inspects services for looked after children, safeguarding and child protection.

We collect Ofsted reports on nurseries, schools and FE colleges and make them available on the institutions’ profile pages and also provide summaries of inspection findings to help parents and students to make informed decisions.


EduBase is a register of educational establishments in England and Wales, maintained by the Department for Education. It provides information on establishments providing compulsory, higher and further education.

DATA.POLICE.UK provide information about crime and policing in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Food Standards Agency: Hygiene Rating

The Food Standards Agency is an independent Government department. The Food Standards Agency use their expertise and influence so that people can trust that the food they buy and eat is safe and honest. We provide Hygiene Rating data on educational institutions listed on

Home Office: Register of Licensed Sponsors (Tier 4)

The Home Office leads on immigration and passports, drug policy, crime policy and counter-terrorism and works to ensure visible, responsive and accountable policing in the UK. We provide the Home Office’s ratings of educational institutions’ trust status. This helps international students and their parents to make informed decisions on where to study.

QAA: Quality Assurance Agency

The QAA safeguard standards and support the improvement of quality for students – whether they study at a university or college in the UK or in any other location worldwide where courses lead to UK higher education qualifications.

We work with the QAA to display their most recent reports on Universities available on the institutions’ profile pages.   We also provide a summary of the institution profile to help parents and students to better understand what is on offer and how an independent and official organisation describes the institution.

UCAS: Number of Applications to places available

UCAS is an independent charity providing information, advice and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression. Its services support young people making choices after their GCSEs, as well as those applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. We provide application and places data from information provided on undergraduate courses applied for through the UCAS system.

HESA: Student population and social mix, number of teaching staff, student:staff ratio by Institution

Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA) collects a range of data every year from all UK universities, higher education colleges and other differently funded providers of higher education. This data is then provided to UK governments and higher education funding bodies to support their work in regulating and funding higher education providers.

HEFCE: NSS results

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) collects a range of data every year from all UK universities, higher education colleges and other differently funded providers of higher education. This data is then provided to UK governments and higher education funding bodies to support their work in regulating and funding higher education providers.

© HEFCE copyright material is reproduced with the permission of Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and may be accessed in its original form here: All copyright and other intellectual property rights in any material contained on the Unistats website are owned by HEFCE or its licensors.

DEFRA: Urban and Rural Classification and co-ordinates

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) are the UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy.

QS World University Rankings

We provide world ranking information for universities listed on that have been sourced with permission from QS World University Rankings.

The rank achieved in the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings®.

Source: QS World University Rankings® 2014

©QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2014

Maintaining the data available on

We encourage educational institutions to enhance and update information, if you are a parent of a school who has noticed that some information requires attention please get in touch, we would welcome your input.

Information Source Disclaimer

Most of the factual information on this website was obtained from government agency and educational institutions websites and publications. All content is provided for informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice. Although we believe that the sources of this information are reliable, we do not warrant or guarantee its accuracy, completeness or timeliness.

User Disclaimer

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in our website, please note that all content has been sourced from official data sources, from public information for respective institutions,  from information submitted by respective institutions and information submitted by users (for survey reviews).  We periodically update our officially sourced data, we also rely on our users and institutions to flag any data errors by contacting us.  Anything on the website is for information purposes only and does not constitute legal or professional advice.   Please note that you are solely responsible for any decisions you take based on the information contained in the website. All institutions can claim their free listing to update and add further content.

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