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Staff 2020/21 - Religion or belief

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Staff 2020/21

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Religion or belief

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valid entries
Short nameRELBLF

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

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All staff (Optional)

Valid entries and labels
01No religion
04Christian - Church of Scotland
05Christian - Roman Catholic
06Christian - Presbyterian Church in Ireland
07Christian - Church of Ireland
08Christian - Methodist Church in Ireland
09Christian - Other denomination
80Any other religion or belief
98Information refused
99Not Available

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

The purpose of collecting this data is to ensure the providers' policies and practices do not discriminate against people observing a religion or belief.

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?

Please note that the coverage of the coding frame is different for each of the administrations, only codes that are marked with 'Y' can be used for that administration. This is shown in the following table:

HESA coding frame for HEPs in: England Scotland Wales Northern Ireland
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 Available Y Y Y Y

Advance HE has a number of resources relating to gathering information across the protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010. If you have any further queries regarding equality monitoring, please view

When collecting this data, providers can choose to use the answer option 'Prefer not to say' which can be mapped to 'Information Refused'.

Valid entry 99 'Not Available' should be used when the provider does not know the information e.g. the staff member did not respond to the request for information.

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Field length2
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: RELBLF
OwnerAdvance HE
Date modified2021-03-22
Change management notesReferences to ECU have been removed and replaced by Advance HE.

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