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HESA Student Record 2007/08 - Research council student identifier

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HESA Student Record 2007/08

Fields required from institutions in Northern Ireland

Research council student identifier

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Short nameRCSTDID

This field contains the Personal identifier (PID) generated by the Research Councils for students whom they fund.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

Optional for all instances where Instance.RCSTDNT does not equal 99 and Instance.REDUCEDI = 00 or 04

Base data typeRCSTDIDType
Field length7
Part of
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Related fields
Reason required

To allow linking of HESA data to that held by the Research Councils.


This field records the Personal identifier issued by the Je-S (Joint electronic System) used since December 2004 to capture student and researcher details by EPSRC (for all student schemes) and MRC (for DTG students). Identifiers can be obtained from the Je-S Student\Researcher details screens on the Je-S Portal.

Only personal identifiers in the format XnnnnnC, where X is an alpha character, n is numeric and C is an alpha check digit, should be returned.

There is a joint Research Council project that is due to complete during 2007 (on current plans) on a phased implementation basis for the remaining Research Councils. PIDs will therefore become available for new Research Council (RC) PhD students as the project progresses – NERC will implementing the project initially with the capture of MSc students. The provision of PIDS for former RC students will be dependant on the migration of data into a common data source.

OwnerThe Research Councils
Date modified2008-03-30
Change management notesAmended guidance to clarify that only identifiers in the format XnnnnnC should be returned, and that identifiers can be obtained from the Je-S Student\Researcher details screens on the Je-S Portal
Schema components
Element: RCSTDID
Data type: RCSTDIDType

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