Marital status(MARSTAT)

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Marital status
Short Name
Parent Entity
Applicable To
Northern Ireland

All Students at providers in Northern Ireland where EntryProfile.PERMADDCOUNTRY = XG except where Engagement.INCOMINGEXCHANGE exists or (Leaver.ENGENDDATE - Engagement.ENGSTARTDATE <= 14 days and RSNENGEND = 03, 05, 11, 12).

Must not be returned for students outside of the stated coverage.

This field records the marital status of the student.

This data is required at entry to a student's Engagement and is not required to be maintained throughout a student's Engagement. Continuing students do not need to be resurveyed unless their EntryProfile is resubmitted.

The data is recorded on the basis of the student’s own self-assessment.

The valid entries have been aligned with the census in Northern Ireland.

Suggested question: ‘What is your legal marital or registered civil partnership status?’

98 Prefer not to say: this code should be used when the student does not wish to declare this information.

99 Not available: this code should be used when the provider is unable to obtain the data in order to submit it to HESA. Note that this option should not be presented to students explicitly.

Reason Required
To comply with Northern Ireland statutory Equal Opportunities monitoring.
Field Length
Quality RulesQuality Rules to follow
Minimum Occurrence
Maximum Occurrence
Primary Key?
Valid Values
CodeCoding Frame Label
10Never married and never registered in a civil partnership
11Married or in a registered civil partnership
12Separated (but still legally married or in a civil partnership)
13Divorced or formerly in a civil partnership which is now legally dissolved
14Widowed or a surviving partner from a registered civil partnership
98Prefer not to say
99Not available
Revision History
Coding Manual VersionElement VersionNotes and suggested question updated in line with the conclusions of the personal characteristics consultation. updated to match legacy Student and Student Alternative return - change to exclude 2 week SLC rule. updated to match legacy Student return - Change to exclude 2 week SLC rule and where RSNENGEND = 03, 05, 11, 12.