Student 2016/17 - Unique Learner Number
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Unique Learner Number
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This field records a 10-digit numeric identifier.
|Applicable to||England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales|
Compulsory for students at providers in England where any Instance.FESTUMK is coded 1, 3 or 5.
The Unique Learner Number (ULN) is being developed, and the specification of this field falls within the scope of the Aligned Data Definitions and follows the Data Standards in the HESA student record. In the long-term it is anticipated that the ULN will replace the plethora of personal identifiers used by different organisations in the education sector.
The ULN is a ten-digit number with a non-zero number in the first position and a check digit in the final position. Further information regarding the ULN can be found on the Learning Records Service web site. Since the ULN is issued by the Learning Records Service, a providers' only obligation will be to check the validity of the number by performing the checksum validation test below.
The ULN checksum follows the same basic principles as the NHS number, but has been designed to ensure that there is no replication of ULN and NHS number. The checksum validation process is as follows:
(e.g. ULN 9276308686. (9*10)+(2*9)+(7*8)+(6*7)+(3*6)+(0*5)+(8*4)+(6*3) +(8*2)+(6*1) = 296. 296/11=26, remainder 10)
For additional information, an Excel spreadsheet showing how the final check digit (and leading digit for Scottish Candidate Number (SCN) based ULNs) is calculated can be downloaded.
For students on an apprenticeship, if the student's ULN is unknown, an empty element may be returned, i.e:
Where an empty element is returned, any Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data generated from this field will be populated with 9999999999. This is only permitted in the ILR for the first 60 days of a learning aim commencing. A ULN must always be returned where an apprenticeship is funded through a contract of services with the employer (LearningDeliveryFAM.LEARNDELFAMCODE = ACT1).
Quality rules to follow
To facilitate linking between years of HESA data and between the Student Record and other data sources.
Data type: ULNWithNullType
|Owner||Learning Records Service|
|Change management notes||Notes section adjusted for the field to align with the FE Individualised Learner Record (ILR) Version 3. Guidance added stating that a ULN must always be returned where an apprenticeship is funded through a contract of services with the employer.|
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