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Student 2018/19 - Contact preference code

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Student 2018/19

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Contact preference code

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This field identifies the type of restrictions on the methods of communication with the student.

Applicable toEngland

All ContactPreference records.


Providers should ensure that a student's contact preferences are collected at enrolment and recorded accurately using the correct codes.

Valid combinations of ContactPreference.CONTPREFTYPE and ContactPreference.CONTPREFCODE are:

RUI 4 Learner is not to be contacted, for example where a learner has suffered severe illness during the programme or other circumstance
RUI 5 Learner is not to be contacted - learner has died
RUI 6 Learner agrees to be contacted about courses or learning opportunities
RUI 7 Learner agrees to be contacted for survey or results
PMC 4 Learner agrees to be contacted by post
PMC 5 Learner agrees to be contacted by telephone
PMC 6 Learner agrees to be contacted by e-mail

A Contact preference type and code of RUI4 or RUI5 should be used by the provider if it needs to update the original student preferences recorded in order to prevent contact with the student for the reasons given. These codes are used to overwrite the data originally captured from the student at enrolment.

If a contact preference type and code of RUI4 or RUI5 are recorded, then no other RUI or PMC codes must be returned.

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Reason required To enable Apprenticeship funding allocations. To take into account students' wishes about the use of their data. The data held in this field may be used by the FE Choices.
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Field length1
Minimum occurrences1
Maximum occurrences1
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Data type: CONTPREFCODType
Related fields
OwnerEducation and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)
Change management notesGuidance has been updated to ensure that contact preference is on an opt-in basis as opposed to an opt-out basis

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