Student Alternative 2019/20 - Religion or belief
Student Alternative 2019/20
Fields required from institutions in All fields
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 Scotland|
Compulsory for all students.
|Valid entries and labels|
Religion or belief is recorded on the basis of the student's own self-assessment.
Providers are expected to reconfirm this information with the student, on at least an annual basis.
Suggested questions and valid entries 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.
Providers are expected to ask this question of new entrants and to make little use of code 99 'Not known’. However, in instances where a student does not answer the question then code 99 should be returned.
Code 98 'Information refused’ should only be used for explicit refusals
Coverage of the HESA coding frame is shown in the following table.
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].
Quality rules to follow
Data type: RELBLFCodeContentType
|Owner||Equality Challenge Unit (ECU)|
|Change management notes||Minimum occurences amended from 0 to 1 as the coverage is now compulsory.|
Contact Liaison by email or on 01242 211144.