Academic subjects taught and/or researched

What is this data entry capturing?

This data entry records the academic discipline(s) currently being taught and/or researched by the member of staff.

To help you choose the most appropriate code we have prepared a list of HESA academic taught/researched subjects

This information is returned to HESA and full details of the HESA requirements can be found on the HESA staff return webpage.

Who needs to enter this information?

All departments.

Staff with a staff classification of category: 1 Teaching only, 2 Research only or 3 Teaching and research. See Staff Classification Guide 


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HESA academic taught/researched subjects

Examples of correctly coded records

Worked examples of how to correctly fill the academic subjects taught and/or researched are given below. You will also need to ensure that the staff classification for the appointment is correct before attempting to complete this data entry.

This data is entered into the Qualifications screen in a similar way to the highest qualification held. However, you must put 'HESA' in the Qualification box.

The minimum requirement is that 'Qualification' is filled out and there is a value in 'Academic Discipline 1'. 'Academic Discipline 2' is optional.

Qualification: HESA - Aca. Disc taught/researched

Course name: LEAVE BLANK

Academic Discipline 1: Select one from the link (mandatory)

Academic Discipline 2: Optionally select a second subject from the list


Use of the 'Comments' field

If you are unable to match the subject to any of the Academic Discipline codes, write the subject in the comments box. This should be a last resort because the HR Analytics Team will have to decide how to map the subject in the comments box to a code in the Academic Discipline box and may query this with you before the HESA return.

You can also complete the comments box if you have managed to match the subject to a code in Academic Discipline, but would like to record more detailed information for local use.

Need help or advice?

We are more than happy to advise you on how to input the academic subjects taught and /or researched so please contact us if you have any questions or comments by emailing us at