The Unis module from Indigo includes three types of profile:
Universities: including the latest statistics, admissions policies and disablitiy advice;
Subjects: taking a look at wider areas of study;
Courses: specific degree courses at a university — an intersection of the subject and uni profiles.
When you access Indigo, clicking on the ‘Unis’ menu item in the header will take you to the Unis Dashboard, where you can start exploring these profiles. You will also be able to access our advice on admissions interviews, the latest relevant articles from our Magazine, and our Personal Statement Builder. The Uni Dashboards look slightly different, depending on whether you are logged in as a student or a teacher.
Students can view in-depth profiles for over 150 UK universities including admissions policies, employment rates and UCAS tariff offers for every course, alongside advice on the application process.
— From their individual Indigo Unis dashboard, students can click on Explore Unis.
— If students wish to start with an entirely blank slate they can browse and access university profiles by clicking the individual tiles.
— Alternatively, the location filter menu allows them to view universities in particular regions of the UK.
— To navigate to a specific university directly, students can type its name into the search bar.
— On the right of the screen, students can filter their view using the two icons – viewing just the universities they have previously liked, or just Russell Group (RG) universities.
— Each profile page includes a comprehensive summary of the university, alongside key details covering degree courses available, UCAS tariffs, student life, sport and support available. From this screen, students can begin building their shortlists by clicking the Compare or Like buttons in the menu bar on the left.
Placing different universities side-by-side is a great way for students to visually compare similarities and differences. It is also a great catalyst for classroom discussion.
— Students can directly compare up to three universities at once. These can be selected by clicking the compare icon in the main Explore Unis interface. Students can also add a university to their compare list when viewing an individual university’s profile.
— Once in the compare screen, key data is displayed side-by-side allowing for easy visual comparison – alongside similar universities, admissions and financial information.
— Universities can be added and removed for continued exploration.
The Indigo university rankings
Many organisations publish league tables to rank institutions according to their own criteria. These rankings can vary wildly depending on methodology and bias, so we have created the Indigo Rank — bringing together several major university rankings.
— From the search bar on the Explore Unis screen, students can click the purple Rank Unis button.
— This displays all universities in a table, showing their most recent ranking from a number of different organisations.
— Students can also switch to view tables of statistics, including dropout rates, graduate employment and student satisfaction.
For some students, jumping straight into a university search may not be the best route. They may need more support to first choose a subject that interests them — or the best degree for their chosen career route.
Indigo’s Subject Profiles help to narrow the field of thousands of degree courses down to a broader subject area as a good first step. Once students find a subject that interests them, students can explore the courses — and potential career pathways — connected to that field. They can be explored in a very similar way to universities.
— Students should start by clicking the Explore Subjects link on their individual Indigo Unis dashboard. If students wish to start with an entirely blank slate they can browse and access subject profiles by clicking the individual tiles.
— Alternatively, they can narrow the field to show subjects related to the A Levels/equivalent they are currently taking by using the Relevant A Levels filter menu.
— The Subject Families filter provides broader-still subject categories.
— On the right of the screen, students can filter their view to just the subjects they have previously liked.
Exploring degree courses
The Indigo Unis module is a powerhouse of data to support students in their decision making. Powered by real-time information from our publication HEAP: University Degree Course Offers, Indigo Unis includes data on over 8,500 courses.
— Students can search and filter by region, UCAS tariffs and subject area to create shortlists to guide their future decisions and applications. Importantly, all courses within Indigo are interconnected – allowing students to move from course to course, exploring new options by looking at similar courses at the same institution or perhaps at a similar university elsewhere.
— From the Explore Courses link on their individual Indigo Unis dashboard, students can jump right in and search for a specific course using the keyword search bar.
— Alternatively, they can narrow the field by filtering their search by a specific Subject or Location using the dropdown filter menus.
— Students can also personalise the search results to display only courses within their projected UCAS tariff range, using the min/max tariff filters.
— On the right of the screen, students can filter their view to just the courses they have previously liked.
Placing different courses side-by-side is a great way for students to visually compare similarities and differences. It is also a great catalyst for classroom discussion.
— Students can directly compare up to three courses at once. These can be selected by clicking the compare icon in the main Explore Courses interface. Students can also add a course to their compare list when viewing an individual degree course profile.
— Once in the compare screen, key data is displayed side-by-side allowing for easy visual comparison – alongside related subjects and courses, plus UCAS tariffs.
— Courses can be added and removed for continued exploration.
Liking and building shortlists
Creating shortlists of potential subjects to study, universities or even specific courses can be a hugely valuable tool for students.
— Students can create shortlists of their liked subjects, universities or courses.
— From their main dashboard, students can click the “View my liked pages” button to access their shortlists.
— From that screen they can navigate directly to these shortlisted profiles, or remove them from their lists altogether, as needed.