Religious background(RELIGIOUSBGROUND)

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Religious background
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).

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.

Reason Required
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.
Field Length
Quality RulesQuality Rules to follow
Minimum Occurrence
Maximum Occurrence
Primary Key?
Valid Values
CodeCoding Frame Label
20No religion
24Christian - Roman Catholic
25Christian - Presbyterian Church in Ireland
26Christian - Church of Ireland
27Christian - Methodist Church in Ireland
28Christian - Other denomination
80Any other religion or belief
98Prefer not to say
99Not available
Revision History
Coding Manual VersionElement VersionNotes 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 and incoming/exchange students. updated to match legacy Student return - Change to exclude 2 week SLC rule and where RSNENGEND = 03, 05, 11, 12.