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Institution profile record 2013/14 - Northing

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Institution profile record 2013/14

Fields required from institutions in Wales


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Short nameNORTHING

This field should contain the Northing reference for the campus.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All institutions.


The position of any point in Great Britain can be described by its National Grid reference. Within this framework a National Grid reference is used to state the position of any point in Britain, to any level of precision that is required. Two numbers are stated: an Easting (along the horizontal axis) and a Northing (along the vertical axis). When working with coordinates in mathematical formulae, full Easting and Northing coordinates are used. These are given in metres with respect to a false origin. Eastings can be up to 700000 and northings up to 1300000. Further information can be found at

Easting and Northing references are required for each campus. These fields can be populated using the link above, and are validated using the Office for National Statistics Postcode Directory (ONSPD) lookup that is also used to validate the full postcode.

Where the postcode is a PO Box No. institutions are required to supply the Easting and Northing (x and y co-ordinates) for the location of the campus. Currently only a small number of HEIs use PO Box Nos., and so these institutions will need to use an OS map or multimap to provide the Easting and Northing.

The location will be cross-checked with the location derived from the postcode. If, when compared to the previous year, a change in the postcode or, for a PO Box No., the Easting and Northing, has moved the location of the campus by more than 500 metres, the data should be amended or the change explained.

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Reason required

To determine provision by location and campus, to produce regional statistics and to analyse the geographical choices of students.

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Field length7
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Data type: NORTHINGType
OwnerOffice for National Statistics

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