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Student 2020/21 - NUMHUS used by a previous provider where a student has transferred

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Student 2020/21

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NUMHUS used by a previous provider where a student has transferred

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This field records the previous student instance identifier used by the previous reporting provider, before reporting responsibilities where taken over at the submitting provider.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All instances where Course.COURSEAIM = D00, L00 or L80 and a collaborative arrangement is in place in which the student is transferring or has transferred between providers.


This field must be returned where a provider has taken over reporting responsibilities, for students on a collaborative doctoral programme, from another provider.

This field must be returned combination with Instance.COLFROMDATE and Instance.COLFROMPROV.

Instance.NUMHUSPREV must be returned even where the provider taking over reporting responsibilities has used the same Instance.NUMHUS for a student.

This field must be returned in all reporting periods after a student has transferred into the reporting provider. Please see the 'Further guidance' page for details.

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+007E, 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.

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 entity are displayed here.
Reason required To provide a link to the student data returned by a previous provider in collaborative supervision arrangements.
Part of
Field length20
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Data type: NUMHUSType
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