HESA Student Record 2007/08 - Family name on 16th birthday
HESA Student Record 2007/08
Fields required from institutions in England
Family name on 16th birthday
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This field records the Family name on 16th birthday field and is the surname field that can be used as a stable look up point for lost student identifiers.
|England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales
All students (optional)
|Base data type
To facilitate HESA checking data with institutions and for Statutory Customers to link student records collected by HESA for statistical purposes.
HEIs indicated that they would like the option to return this field for students for ease of reference in case of enquiries.
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 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 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.
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|Change management notes
|Note added to highlight the need to specify file encoding
Data type: NameType
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