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Unistats 2017/18 - KIS Course identifier

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Unistats 2017/18

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KIS Course identifier

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This field records a unique identifier for the KIS course.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All KISCourses.


This field contains a unique code for each course for which a Unistats is being produced. The field will be used by the Unistats widget to identify the course to which the widget relates. Providers are advised not to update this field annually as this would require an annual update to all widget links. This field together with UKPRN will uniquely identify each Unistats.

The special characters allowed in this field have been limited to the following: '_', '‘', '!', '(', ')', ',', '$', '-' and '~'.

Valid characters

The valid characterset available for this field follows the Data Standards in the HESA student record.

  • The general policy is to support all Latin-based characters for names, addresses and general text fields, 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+007F, 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.

Please note that this field excludes non-breaking spaces, tabs, carriage return, line feed, form feed and vertical tab characters, as these will affect formatting. Spaces are not valid.

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
Quality rules relating to this field are displayed here.
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Field length30
Minimum occurrences1
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Data type: KISCOURSEIDType

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