Fields required from institutions in Northern Ireland
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This field records the forenames of the student.
|Applicable to||England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales|
All students where any Instance.REDUCEDI = 00, 01 or 04
|Base data type||NameWithNullStructure|
To facilitate HESA checking data with institutions and for Statutory Customers to link student records collected by HESA for statistical purposes.
In cases where the student does not split their name between family and forenames, the whole name should be entered in Student.SURNAME and an empty element should be returned with the ReasonForNull attribute set to 9 (not applicable), i.e:
For students entering through UCAS this information will be available from UCAS via the *J transaction.
The field length has been set to 100 characters to align this field with the ISB Aligned Data Definitions.
The question of valid characters is significant in this field since many names include characters with accents and other diacritics that are not supported by the standard ASCII characterset. The valid characterset available for this field follows the Data Standards in the HESA student record.
The character set chosen will support Welsh and Gaelic languages as well as all European and most other languages using a Latin-based character set.
The Unicode charts that list each of the characters in this range can be found on the Unicode web site. The specific sets that are defined here are shown in the following PDF documents:
Files must be encoded with UTF-8 and schema validation will be in place to ensure this. Institutions must specify the encoding used in their XML files in the first line of the file (i.e. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>) and to ensure that their files are actually saved with that encoding. If XML files are edited with some text editors and the encoding is not specified or does not match the actual file encoding, there may be problems when submitting these files for validation.
|Owner||Information Standards Board - Aligned Data Definitions|
|Change management notes||File encoding advice updated to require that files are encoded with UTF-8. Field length increased from 35 to 100|
Data type: NameWithNullStructure