Institution profile record 2014/15 - Higher education provider (HEP) structure tier 1
Institution profile record 2014/15
Higher education provider (HEP) structure tier 1
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The top tier of the organisational structure.
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Optional for all higher education providers (HEPs) returning the academic department to cost centre mapping.
This field may be used to record the name of the body in the organisational structure, sitting above AcademicCostCentres.TIER2, in which a staff member might normally be based.
Up to 200 characters may be returned for this field.
In order to assist HEPs in contextualising their departments, two additional optional fields are provided that allow for additional organisational tiers above this level - the fields AcademicCostCentres.TIER1 and AcademicCostCentres.TIER2. The fields permit free text in the same way as AcademicCostCentres.DEPARTMENT. HEPs can use one or both of these fields as necessary: AcademicCostCentres.TIER1 should represent the organisational grouping immediately below HEP-wide level. AcademicCostCentres.TIER2 should be the level sitting below AcademicCostCentres.TIER1, and AcademicCostCentres.DEPARTMENT should sit within AcademicCostCentres.TIER2. AcademicCostCentres.TIER2 should not be completed if AcademicCostCentres.TIER1 is blank. It is expected that in a large number of cases, this structure might correspond to a 'Faculty / School / Department' structure. A simple example might be as follows:
It is recognised that not all HEPs will have three tiers of organisational structure - some may have more, some fewer. Where it is useful and meaningful it is recommended that these fields are populated with appropriate values, even if these may not fully capture the nature of a HEP with a complicated structure.
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 is consistent with HESA usage in free text fields in other records.
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:
Quality rules to follow
To allow higher education providers (HEPs) to optionally return information on their organisational structure.
Data type: TIERType
|Change management notes
|Coverage statement changed from 'Optional for all institutions that make a return' to 'Optional for all institutions returning the academic department to cost centre mapping' in order to more clearly state the requirement for this field.
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