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
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
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.