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AP student record 2014/15 - Religion or belief

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AP student record 2014/15

Fields required from institutions in England

Religion or belief

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valid entries
Short nameRELBLF

This field records the religious belief of the student, on the basis of their own self-assessment

Applicable toEngland

Optional for all students on designated courses or where designation is held at provider level. Not permitted for students submitted for UNISTATS only.

Valid entries and labels
01No religion
80Any other religion or belief
98Information refused

Religion or belief is recorded on the basis of the student's own self-assessment.

Suggested questions and valid entries are those used in the 2011 Census.

England: What is your religion?

The phrase 'Prefer not to say' can be used when collecting the data.

Code 98 'Information refused' should be returned when the question was asked but the individual answered that they 'preferred not to say'.

The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) has recommended inclusion of code 14 'Spiritual' which was not included in the Census. This will be grouped with 'Any other religion or belief' for onward analysis. ECU define 'Spiritual' as 'Spiritual - belief in the spiritual dimension of all life, which can be experienced directly and without the assistance of conventional religion'. All other categories are consistent with the census of the applicable country.

ECU has a number of resources relating to gathering information across the protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010. These resources can be found at Equality Challenge Unit. If you have any further queries regarding equality monitoring, please email ECU at [email protected].

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Reason required

To monitor equal opportunities issues in higher education.

Part of
Field length2
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: RELBLF
OwnerEquality Challenge Unit (ECU)
Date modified2014-10-30
Change management notesCoverage statement rephrased to include providers who hold blanket designation, rather than course-specific designation.

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