Research council student(RCSTDNT)

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Research council student
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England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All Engagements where Qualification.QUALCAT starts with D, E, L or M (except M0002, M0016 and M0018) except where Engagement.INCOMINGEXCHANGE exists or (Leaver.ENGENDDATE - Engagement.ENGSTARTDATE <= 14 days and RSNENGEND = 03, 05, 11, 12).

This field records whether the Engagement has been funded in whole or in part by a Research Council

Where the Engagement has at any point been funded, in whole or in part, by a Research Council, this must be indicated in this field. 

Once an Engagement has been returned as having Research Council funding it should therefore not be updated to not having Research Council funding. 
All Research Council students must be coded to the appropriate Research Council irrespective of whether they are named in the award or are allocated a studentship from Research Council funding made available to the provider. 
Although a student may not be in receipt of a full award via a Research Council funding mechanism or scheme, the appropriate Research Council coding is required in all cases. 
Where a student is jointly funded by more than one Research Council, the lead council should be recorded in this field. 

Providers should also complete the RCSTDID field (Je-S Personal Identifier) for each student in receipt of Research Council funding. RCSTDID facilitates the robust linkage of UKRI and HESA student data, which helps UKRI better understand students receiving UKRI funding and may also provide opportunities to reduce data entry requirements in the long term by avoiding duplication. For the 22-23 record we are introducing a new tolerance to encourage more providers to submit this data. We are also considering making RCSTDID mandatory in future collections. 

Reason Required
To allow for identification of Research Council funded students for linking to Research Council data.
Field Length
Quality RulesQuality Rules to follow
Minimum Occurrence
Maximum Occurrence
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Valid Values
CodeCoding Frame Label
5002Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
5003Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
5009Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
5012Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
5018Medical Research Council (MRC)
5019Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC)
5022Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
9997Not a Research Council student
Revision History
Coding Manual VersionElement VersionNotes updated to match legacy Student and Student Alternative returns - change to exclude 2 week SLC rule. updated to match legacy Student and Student Alternative returns - Change to exclude 2 week SLC rule and where RSNENGEND = 03, 05, 11, 12. Guidance added to encourage providers to report the associated Research Council student identifier (RCSTDID) field.