Student numbers count each individual student as 1.0, whether full-time or part-time; they can be thought of as a 'body count'. They are derived from registrations for courses within faculties and are not available by departments other than in the 'Departmental registrations by course' tables. They include all students other than those away for a year, whether abroad, or in industry or commerce, as part of a four-year integrated sandwich module, or on a franchised-out module.
Student fte counts full-time students as 1.0 and part-time students less than 1.0, dependent on their pattern of study e.g. a student studying for a Masters degree over 2 years will count as 0.5 each year. The fte allocation of a student reflects the administrative split involved in a course so that a single honours student tends to be wholly allocated to one department, a joint honours (e.g. History and Literature) will be split 50:50 between the two departments and a student on a course that is not equally joint but involves more than one department (e.g. Literature with Modern Languages) will usually be split 65:35. These rules are designed to cover the greater majority of degree courses where only one or two departments are involved. There are, however, other occasions on which a different allocation of student fte is appropriate. For example, where more than two departments are involved in teaching on the degree course such that an allocation of student fte that recognises the input of all concerned is appropriate.
It is important to remember that the allocation of fte is largely a measure of the administration and ownership of a course and is not to be confused with the allocation of student load which is a measure of the actual teaching carried out. Student fte are, therefore, a first approximation of student load but does not take account of detailed service teaching arrangements. They include all students on campus with those away for a year being shown separately.
Student load counts full-time students as 1.0 and part-time students less than 1.0, the same as for student fte. It is calculated from information supplied by departments for each module of a course about the proportions of teaching carried out by all the departments concerned. It is, thus, a measure of teaching load and will differ from student fte insofar as a department receives and gives 'service teaching' from or to another department. Student load can be regarded as a measure of a department's true teaching activity. It excludes students away for a year.
The basic assumption in student load is that the total package of modules taken by any one full-time student is equal to 1 fte (with part-time students counting as less than 1.0 fte). All calculations are based on the individual student's module enrolment record, as held on the main student record database. If all the modules a student takes are based in a single department, then the full load goes to that department. If a student is taking modules in more than one department then the load is apportioned accordingly. Thus it is the relative weighting of individual modules being taken in a particular year of a course that is important. Load for undergraduates and taught module postgraduates is calculated in this way, based on students who are actually registered. It is therefore vital that module enrolment information held on the student record database is accurate as at 1 December each year, which is the 'day of count'.
Load for research students is allocated wholly to the department in which the student is registered unless the student is taking taught modules in another department, or there are split supervision arrangements. In the case of taught modules, the providing department will be credited with the appropriate proportion of load. Departments are given the opportunity to claim 'credit' for teaching research students from other departments on an annual basis in November. At the same time, any arrangements for split supervision for research students can also be recorded. Load for research students can be allocated in any proportion between departments, provided both departments agree.