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HESA Student Record 2007/08 - Institution's own identifier for student

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HESA Student Record 2007/08

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Institution's own identifier for student

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Short nameOWNSTU

This field records the institution's own internal identifier for the student.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All students (optional)

Base data typeOWNSTUType
Field length20
Part of
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Reason required

To facilitate HESA checking data with institutions, for example, validation reports, etc.


Valid characters

The valid characterset available for this field has been defined by a specific study undertaken as a part of the MIAP Common Data Definitions (CDD) project. The conclusions of this study were:

  • The general policy is to support all Latin-based characters for names, addresses and general text fields, but not non-Latin characters.
  • All Unicode code charts for Latin characters are supported. These are Basic Latin (excluding the C0 control characters), Latin-1 (excluding the C1 control characters), Latin Extended A, Latin Extended B and Latin Extended Additional. This set corresponds to Unicode code points U+0020 to U+007F and U+00A0 to U+024F.
  • Schemas are built in such a way that an individual project can further restrict the set if required.

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:

Institutions are advised to specify the encoding used in their XML files (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.

Date modified2008-06-30
Change management notesNote added to highlight change in data type requirement and the need to specify file encoding
Schema components
Element: OWNSTU
Data type: OWNSTUType

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