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Student Alternative 2020/21 - Sex identifier

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Student Alternative 2020/21

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Sex identifier

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valid entries
Short nameSEXID

This field records the sex of the student.

Applicable toEngland

Compulsory for all students.

Valid entries and labels

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.

Providers are expected to reconfirm this information with the student, on at least an annual basis.

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

HESA will not be including a 'prefer not to say' option.

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Reason required To monitor equal opportunities issues in higher education.
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Field length1
Minimum occurrences1
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: SEXID
OwnerAdvance HE
Date modified2021-04-07
Change management notesThe guidance 'the use of 'other' is more appropriate for people who associate with the terms intersex, androgyne, intergender, ambigender, gender fluid, polygender and genderqueer', has been removed as it was causing confusion. Additionally the guidance around the 'Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) has been updated as it has been absorbed into Advance HE.

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