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Student Alternative 2020/21 - Sexual orientation

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Student Alternative 2020/21

Fields required from institutions in All fields

Sexual orientation

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valid entries
Short nameSEXORT

This field records the sexual orientation of the student, on the basis of their own self-assessment

Applicable toEngland

Compulsory for all students.

Valid entries and labels
02Gay man
03Gay woman/lesbian
98Information refused
99Not available

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

Sexual orientation is recorded on the basis of the student's own self-assessment.

Suggested question (recommended by Stonewall): What is your sexual orientation?

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

Code 98 'Information refused' should be returned when the question was asked but the individual answered that they 'preferred not to say'.

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Reason required To monitor equal opportunities issues in higher education.
Part of
Field length2
Minimum occurrences1
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: SEXORT
OwnerAdvance HE
Date modified2021-04-07
Change management notesGuidance has been updated to reflect the 'Equality Challenge Unit (ECU)' being absorbed into 'Advance HE', therefore any reference to ECU has been replaced with Advance HE.

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