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Data Futures resources

Welcome to the Data Futures resources page, below are toolkits and documentation for each stakeholder group. If you have additional queries please contact us.

Please do join the Data Futures JiscMail group for updates and announcements; we also have a Data Futures AP JiscMail group.

HE Provider: supply side

Beta operational documents

This area provides key operational information to Beta participants and will be updated with any new information throughout the Beta pilot.

Now includes frequently asked questions:

Beta operational documents

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions answers common queries that may arise about the Data Futures process and directs you to further resources that support the new Coding manual (Data Futures).

If you have any questions which are not answered by the FAQ please contact Liaison by email: [email protected], or phone: +44 (0)1242 211144.

Frequently asked questions

Data Futures preparation assessment

The Data Futures preparation assessment is intended to help practitioners to:

  • Reflect on, and evaluate preparedness across a range of information management categories
  • Prioritise areas for further action
  • Guide discussions with software providers
  • Communicate levels of comfort and concern to senior managers


Key concepts

As part of our work to provide ongoing updates on the progress of Data Futures, the following new key concept is now available

  • Discrete collection

Learn more about key concepts


Approach to identifying students

The identifying students document gives some overall guidance and examples on returning the 'persistent HUSID' (HESA Unique Student Identifier) and the SID (Student Unique Identifier), which will replace the existing HUSID. It explains which identifiers need to be returned for which students.

Identifying students



A Glossary of key terms has been created to use alongside the Coding manual (Data Futures).

If you have any queries over the terms used or requests for additional words to be considered, please email us.

Click through to the Glossary