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Graduate Outcomes Contact Details 2022/23 - Forename change

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Graduate Outcomes Contact Details 2022/23

Fields required from institutions in All fields

Forename change

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This field records a forename change of the graduate.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales



This field should be returned by the provider when the forename (Graduate.FNAMES) of the graduate (supplied by HESA) has changed. This enables HESA to address the graduate correctly when initiating contact with them.

If the graduate’s Graduate.FNAMES has not changed then the forename change field should not be returned. Where the graduate has a preferred name then this can be returned in the forename change field and will be used when contacting the graduate for the survey.

The field length has been set to 100 characters to align this field with the ISB Aligned Data Definitions.

Valid characters

The question of valid characters is significant in this field since many names include characters with accents and other diacritics that are not supported by the standard ASCII characterset.

  • 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:

Quality rules
Quality rules relating to this entity are displayed here
Reason required To record change of name of the graduate.
Part of
Field length100
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Data type: NamesType

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