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Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education record 2015/16 - Subject of study, training or research - Q27

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Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education record 2015/16

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Subject of study, training or research - Q27

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Short nameSUBJECT

This data item collects the subject of the study, training or research that the leaver was undertaking on the census date.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All HE leavers where Student.ALLACT is coded 5 or 6.

QuestionQ27. What subject were you studying, training in or researching?

All of the text (up to a maximum of 200 characters) completed by the HE leaver must be returned.

The information captured relates to what the HE leaver considers to be their MAIN study.

A response to the question is required if the following codes were used for Q1 (Student.ALLACT): 5 'Engaged in full-time further study, training or research' or 6 'Engaged in part-time further study, training or research'.

It is important that ALL of the information provided in Study.COURSENAME and Study.SUBJECT is returned to assist in the allocation of a JACS code.

Completion of Study.COURSENAME or Study.SUBJECT, or both, is required for a valid response. If neither are returned the response will not be valid.

Valid characters

The question of valid characters is significant in this data item since many names include characters with accents and other diacritics that are not supported by the standard ASCII character set.

  • The general policy is to support all Latin-based characters for names, addresses and general text data items, but not non-Latin characters.
  • All Unicode code charts for Latin characters are supported. These are Basic Latin (excluding the C0 control characters), Latin-1 (excluding the C1 control characters), Latin Extended A, Latin Extended B and Latin Extended Additional. This set corresponds to Unicode code points U+0020 to U+007E, U+00A0 to U+024F and U+1E00 to U+1EFF.
  • Schemas are built in such a way that an individual project can further restrict the set if required.

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:

Files must be encoded with UTF-8 and schema validation will be in place to ensure this. Higher education providers (HEPs) must specify the encoding used in their XML files in the first line of the file (i.e. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>) and to ensure that their files are actually saved with that encoding. If XML files are edited with some text editors and the encoding is not specified or does not match the actual file encoding, there may be problems when submitting these files.

Required for valid responseYes (either Study.COURSENAME or Study.SUBJECT is required to derive Study.JACS).
To be asked of third partyYes
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Reason required

To capture the subject of study, training or research. This is used to help assign a Joint Academic Coding System (JACS 3.0) code.

Part of
Field length200
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: SUBJECT
Data type: SUBJECTType

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