Student 2016/17 - Religion or belief
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Religion or belief
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This field records the religious belief of the student, on the basis of their own self-assessment
|Applicable to||England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales|
All students (optional)
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Religion or belief is recorded on the basis of the student's own self-assessment.
Suggested questions are those used in the 2011 census.
England and Wales: What is your religion?
Scotland: What religion, religious body, or denomination do you belong to?
Northern Ireland: What religion, religious denomination or body do you belong to?
The phrase 'Prefer not to say' can be used when collecting the data.
Coverage of the HESA coding frame is shown in the following table.
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.
The Equality Challenge Unit (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].
When collecting this data, providers can choose to use the answer option 'Prefer not to say' which can be mapped to 'Information Refused'.
Quality rules to follow
To monitor equal opportunities issues in the higher education sector and support higher education providers (HEPs) in meeting their obligations under the Equality Act 2010
Data type: RELBLFCodeContentType
|Owner||Equality Challenge Unit (ECU)|
|Change management notes||Guidance added clarifying that providers may select 'Prefer not to say' on this field when conducting questionnaires. Guidance added to inform users of further information on protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010.|
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