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58158 returning postgraduate research students and cost centre

As communicated in Data Futures: programme update, Data Futures will not be going live in 2019/20. As part of the work, we are reviewing the data model and associated specification items: our data specification overview provides a list of available items according to their status.


In response to feedback from providers, the way in which module data is returned for postgraduate research (PGR) Instances does not always reflect the provision within organisations. After discussions with statutory customers, we want to understand more fully about the PGR provision within providers to help inform the development of the model and guidance for Data Futures.

There is a possible impact on the cost centre structure. This consultation includes a possible change to the way cost centres are returned for all programmes. 

After the previous curriculum consultation with the sector on PGR provision a structure has been agreed. This is detailed in Curriculum for PGR section.

In the current legacy Student collection, the return of module data is mandatory for all instances which, in some cases, results in PGR instances being associated with generic (‘dummy’) modules.

To enable a generic module to cover the whole of the PGR programme, the Module full-time equivalent (FTE) can be very high, up to 300.

Currently, the only method of collecting cost centre information is through the Module Subject entity, returned under Module.

Multiple responses

The ‘save later’ option allows multiple users from one organisation to engage with the consultation. Once you click the ‘save later’ option you will receive a unique link. 

Please ensure that you read all of the information supplied in each section before answering the questions.

Once the required questions have been completed, a ‘Finish’ button will appear at the bottom of the consultation. Pressing this will complete the consultation and send your responses for analysis. Please do not click through to finish until you are satisfied with all of your answers.

58158: Give us your views

A PDF of the consultation is available to download. Please note, this is for reference only; we will only be accepting online responses.

Download 58158: Returning postgraduate research students and cost centre consultation text