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HESA Student Record 2010/11 - Research council student identifier

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HESA Student Record 2010/11

Fields required from institutions in Scotland

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


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.

Two formats are in use. Only personal identifiers in either the 7 character format XnnnnnC or the 8 character format XnnnnnnC 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.

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Reason required

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

Part of
Field length8
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: RCSTDID
Data type: RCSTDIDType
Related fields
OwnerThe Research Councils
Date modified2011-06-30
Change management notesUpdated field length from 7 to 8 and updated datatype to allow the two structures that are now in use

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