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Student 2020/21 - Sex identifier

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Student 2020/21

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Sex identifier

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Short nameSEXID

This field records the sex of the student.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All students

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Providers should not use *J data to complete this field due to the UCAS definitions not aligning to the HESA SEXID field. It is expected that providers survey their students to gather this information.

HESA does not include a 'prefer not to say' option.

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

Providers are expected to reconfirm this information with the student, on at least an annual basis. If you are unable to provide this information for one or more records, please contact Liaison.

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Reason required To monitor equal opportunities issues in the higher education sector and support higher education providers in meeting their obligations under the Equality Act 2010.
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Field length1
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: SEXID
OwnerAdvance HE
Date modified2021-09-17-??
Change management notesGuidance updated to cover exceptional cases where the data is unavailable and minimum occurrences has been updated from 1 to 0.

Contact Liaison by email or on +44 (0)1242 388 531.