Student Alternative 2020/21 - Unique Learner Number
Student Alternative 2020/21
Fields required from institutions in All fields
Unique Learner Number
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This field records a 10-digit numeric identifier.
Optional for all students.
The Unique Learner Number (ULN) is being developed, and the specification of this field falls within the scope of the Aligned Data Definitions and follows the Data Standards in the HESA Student Alternative record. In the long-term it is anticipated that the ULN will replace the plethora of personal identifiers used by different organisations in the education sector.
The ULN is a ten-digit number with a non-zero number in the first position and a check digit in the final position. Further information regarding the ULN can be found on the Learning Records Service web site. Since the ULN is issued by the Learning Records Service, a providers' only obligation will be to check the validity of the number by performing the checksum validation test below.
The ULN checksum follows the same basic principles as the NHS number, but has been designed to ensure that there is no replication of ULN and NHS number. The checksum validation process is as follows:
(e.g. ULN 9276308686. (9*10)+(2*9)+(7*8)+(6*7)+(3*6)+(0*5)+(8*4)+(6*3) +(8*2)+(6*1) = 296. 296/11=26, remainder 10)
For additional information, an Excel spreadsheet showing how the final check digit (and leading digit for Scottish Candidate Number (SCN) based ULNs) is calculated can be downloaded.
Quality rules relating to this entity are displayed here.
|Reason required||To facilitate linking between years of HESA data and between the Student Alternative record and other data sources.|
Data type: UniqueLearnerNumberType
|Owner||Learning Records Service|
|Change management notes||Scotland removed from applicable to as only English providers are returning to C20054.|
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