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Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Record 2011/12 - HESA unique student identifier

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Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Record 2011/12

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HESA unique student identifier

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Short nameHUSID

This field records the student identifier which is to be unique to each student. It is intended that the identifier is to be transferred with the student to each institution of higher education he or she may attend. The objective is that the use of this number will facilitate the accurate tracking of students throughout their experience within the sector for which HESA collects data.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All HE leavers.


The same Student.HUSID can occur twice when an individual has been awarded two qualifications which fall into different survey periods. The Student.APRJAN field is used to indicate which survey a response applies to. An individual making two responses should be included in the dataset twice, allowing their responses to be linked to the relevant qualifications rewarded. The combination of Student.HUSID and Student.APRJAN must be unique.

For an individual student the Student identifier used in this record must be the reference number returned for that student in the appropriate Student Record.

Required for valid responseYes
To be asked of third partyNot applicable
Quality rules
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Reason required

To provide linkage between the HESA Student Record and the DLHE Record.

Part of
Field length13
Minimum occurrences1
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: HUSID
Data type: HUSIDType
Based onC10018 HUSID
Date modified2011-08-30
Change management notes'Required for valid response' and 'To be asked of third party' sections added, and schema amended to remove restriction that HUSID is unique (the combination of Student.HUSID+Student.APRJAN is unique, and this will be checked for as part of validation)

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