Student 2016/17 - Provider's own identifier for student
Fields required from institutions in England
Provider's own identifier for student
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This field records the provider's own internal identifier for the student.
|Applicable to||England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales|
All students (optional)
This field is designed to be used to aid in linking records. Due to the nature of this requirement, and consequent visibility of the field when manipulating data, it is not advised that protected characteristics such as student names or dates of birth should be used in the population of this field.
The valid characterset available for this field follows the Data Standards in the HESA student record.
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. Providers 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 for validation.
Quality rules to follow
To facilitate HESA checking data with providers, for example, validation reports, etc.
Data type: OWNSTUType
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