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Student 2017/18 - Religion or belief

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Student 2017/18

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Religion or belief


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Typefield
Short nameRELBLF
Description

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

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales
Coverage

All students

Valid entries and labels
CodeLabel
01No religion
02Buddhist
03Christian
04Christian - Church of Scotland
05Christian - Roman Catholic
06Christian - Presbyterian Church in Ireland
07Christian - Church of Ireland
08Christian - Methodist Church in Ireland
09Christian - Other denomination
10Hindu
11Jewish
12Muslim
13Sikh
14Spiritual
80Any other religion or belief
98Information refused
99Not known
Notes

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'.

Code 99 'Not known' has been added for providers to use for those students who entered prior to 2017/2018 to avoid resurveying continuing students. However, where continuing students have provided this information, the data should be returned instead of code 99 "Not known". The intention will be to remove code 99 "Not known" in the future.

HESA coding frame for providers in: E S W NI
01 No religion Y Y Y Y
02 Buddhist Y Y Y Y
03 Christian Y Y
04 Christian - Church of Scotland Y
05 Christian - Roman Catholic Y Y
06 Christian - Presbyterian Church in Ireland Y
07 Christian - Church of Ireland Y
08 Christian - Methodist Church in Ireland Y
09 Christian - Other denomination Y Y
10 Hindu Y Y Y Y
11 Jewish Y Y Y Y
12 Muslim Y Y Y Y
13 Sikh Y Y Y Y
14 Spiritual Y Y Y Y
80 Any other religion or belief Y Y Y Y
98 Prefer not to say/Information refused Y Y Y Y
99 Not known Y Y Y Y

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'.

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Part of
Field length2
Minimum occurrences1
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: RELBLF
OwnerEquality Challenge Unit (ECU)
Version1.1
Date modified2018-08-22
Change management notesGuidance has been added to clarify that Code 99 has been added only for continuing students to avoid re-surveying students and it is intended this valid entry will be removed in the future.

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