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Student Alternative record 2020/21

Student Alternative record 2020/21



  • Data protection guidance - Information about how Data Protection legislation affects the processing of Student Alternative data by HESA. Please note: not all of this guidance is relevant to the Student Alternative collection.
  • Data collection schedule - Details of the key dates and deadlines for the Student Alternative collection

New to HESA or having problems?

Visit our page of support guides or get in touch with Liaison by email at [email protected] or call 01242 388531.

Data specification

Submission process and quality assurance

  • HESA XML data entry tool - a program which will produce XML data in the format required for submission
  • How to use the HESA XML data entry tool - guidance on how to use the XML data entry tool
  • Validation overview - A document describing validation checks and the various stages when checks are made
  • Quality rules - validation which enforces the quality of the submitted data
  • Download validation kit - Contains downloadable validation kit and related help pages. The validation kit allows quality rules to be run locally during data preparation
  • Submit data to HESA - Opening page to login to or register for a user account to access the HESA data collection system
  • Fixed database - Details of the process for submitting corrections to submitted data once the collection closes

Further guidance

Need help?

Contact Liaison by email or on +44 (0)1242 388 531.