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Staff 2023/24 - Highest qualification held

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Highest qualification held

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Short nameHQHELD

This field identifies the highest qualification held by the member of staff

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All staff where any Activity.ACTSOC2020 is in SOC2020 major groups 1, 2 or 3 and Contract.TERMS is coded 1 or 2. Compulsory for all staff where Person.GOVFLAG = 1.

Valid entries and labels
02Other higher degree
09Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional)
11First Degree
12First degree with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
19Other qualifications at first-degree level (including professional)
21Diploma of HE
29Other undergraduate qualification (including professional)
31A level, Scottish Higher or equivalent
32O level/GCSE or equivalent
97Other qualification
98No qualifications
99Not known

If a member of staff has more than one qualification, higher education providers (HEPs) should decide which qualification is the 'highest'. In cases where it is unclear which qualification is the 'highest' enter the valid entry code that is closest to 01.

Valid entry code 01 includes both traditional research and professional doctorates

Valid entry code 02 includes Masters.

Valid entry code 31 and code 32 belong to a set of qualification levels in the UK and Ireland available from the QAA publication Qualifications can cross boundaries - a rough guide to comparing qualifications in the UK and Ireland.

Valid entry code 97 includes any overseas or UK qualification that is not listed.

This field should be updated when an existing member of staff gains a higher qualification than that already held.

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Part of
Field length2
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: HQHELD
Change management notesCoverage updated to adopt the SOC2020 major groups.

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