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).
This field records the religious background that the student was brought up in.
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.
Students should be asked this question – about the religion in which they were brought up – prior to being asked about their current religion or belief.
The valid entries have been aligned with the census in Northern Ireland.
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.
DfE (NI) has a requirement under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 to monitor and promote equality of opportunity in relation to services provided to students regardless of whether their religious background is Catholic, Protestant and Other Christian, Other religion or No religion.
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