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Aggregate offshore record 2015/16

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This document summarises all communications associated with the 2015/16 Aggregate offshore, from first publication of known changes to the record through to collection closure. Please refer to the Revision history document for full technical list of changes to the specifications.

HESA issue regular communications during the life of a collection:

  • Circulars: announcements to interested parties concerning or issues relating to the collection. Circulars are always made available on the HESA website for later reference, and emailed out to the mailgroup for the collection.
  • Coding manual release overviews: these document iterative changes to the technical documentation that define the form of the data to be submitted, as well as being a place to host resources associated with collecting that data.

2016-08-04 Manual release - version 1.3

The following documentation has been added to the manual:

The Data collection schedule has been moved under the 'Overview' section.

2016-04-29 Manual release - version 1.2

The following documentation has been added to the manual:

2015-10-29 Manual release - version 1.1

New for this years collection is this page - the Notification Log. This page replaces the previous coding manual Release Notes functionality, highlighting the changes made in each successive documentation release. The Notification Log will also record all communications issued with regard to a particular collection, allowing you to see all key messages in one place. We have implemented it following positive feedback for the concept earlier this summer, and hope you find it useful. Further feedback is welcomed: please contact our Institutional Liaison team via email at [email protected], or call 01242 211144.

Additionally, this release includes the publishing of the Nil returns documentation. The sign-off form will be attached to this prior to the collection opening. Release of the Data collection schedule under the 'Submission process and quality assurance' section.

2015-04-30 Manual release - version 1.0

This release includes the first release of full documentation for Aggregate offshore 2015/16.

Changes to the record for this year include the fact that to higher education institution (HEI) have been replaced with higher education provider (HEP). Reference to institution (as a short-hand for higher education institution) has been changed to provider. The change enables HESA to refer collectively to both publicly funded higher education institutions and privately funded alternative providers within its constituency.

In line with HESA's move to using 'higher education provider' as a more accurate reference to those submitting organisations within its remit, the former 'Institution' entity has been renamed to 'Provider'.

The schema sequence for submitting data items has been reordered as per the 'File structure' document:

  • Entities are presented in parent-child order, starting with the 'Provider entity'.
  • Fields within entities are presented in the order of primary key fields, candidate key fields, foreign key fields, and non-key fields.
  • Child entities then follow.
  • Each field or entity within a parent entity is presented in alphabetical order to aid its location.

As always, the full details of changes in comparison to the 2014/15 record may be found in the Revision History document.

Note: The Collections Development team at HESA will be conducting a major review of the C16052 Aggregate offshore record. Please be aware that this will likely impact the collection with a number of potentially significant changes for 2016/17.

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