Student 2021/22 - Religion or belief
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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 Northern Ireland Scotland Wales|
All students at providers in England except where Instance.REDUCEDI = 08. All Students at providers in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
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Religion or belief is recorded on the basis of the student's own self-assessment.
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?
The phrase 'Prefer not to say' can be used when collecting the data.
Coverage of the HESA coding frame is shown in the following table.
Providers are expected to ask this question of new entrants and to make little use of valid entry 99. However, in instances where a student does not answer the question then valid entry 99 should be returned. Providers are expected to reconfirm this information with the student on at least an annual basis.
Valid entry 98 should only be used for explicit refusals.
Advance HE 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. Advance HE 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.
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 https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/.
When collecting this data, providers can choose to use the answer option 'Prefer not to say' which can be mapped to 'Information Refused'.
Quality rules to follow
Data type: RELBLFCodeContentType
|Change management notes||Minimum occurences has been amended from '1' to '0' to reflect the coverage update made for providers in England.|
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