Engagement start date(ENGSTARTDATE)
Engagement start date
England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales
This field records the start date for the Engagement.
A student is considered to have started their Engagement if they have attended a class/ lecture or another timetabled activity such as a freshers' or induction week, or engaged with online materials. For providers in Scotland, the start date of the Engagement should reflect the point at which teaching starts.
It is expected that this should be the same as the first associated StudentCourseSession.SCSSTARTDATE. In general it would also align with the start of the Session Year (SessionYear.SYSTARTDATE), except where a student commences later than the rest of the cohort.
If a student transfers from one HEP to another, the date they entered the current HEP for this qualification aim should be returned in this field.
Where a student transfers from one course to another, the date should not be updated if the same Engagement.NUMHUS is kept. For example, changes of subject without change of general qualification aim will not usually reset the engagement start date.
The engagement start date should not be reset where a student registers for an 'intermediate' qualification aim with the clear intention (acknowledged by both student and provider) that, subject to satisfactory performance, they will progress seamlessly (and usually without being awarded the intermediate qualification) onto a 'higher' qualification aim. For example, if a student registers first for an MPhil then switches to a PhD, and this is regarded as normal progression in the provider, such that the same engagement number is kept, the engagement start date should not be reset.
All date fields must be completed using the ISO8601 format of YYYY-MM-DD.
To determine whether to include a student in any particular population definition, to calculate the duration of a student's education.
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