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Student 2021/22 - Sexual orientation

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Student 2021/22

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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 Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All Students at providers in England except where Instance.REDUCEDI = 08. All Students at providers in Northern Ireland and Wales. Optional for all Students at providers in Scotland.

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

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

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

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

Quality rules
Quality rules to follow
Reason required To monitor equal opportunities issues in the higher education sector and support higher education providers (HEPs) in meeting their obligations under the Equality Act 2010
Part of
Field length2
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: SEXORT
OwnerAdvance HE
Date modified2021-10-18
Change management notesThe coverage for England only has been updated to exclude students with REDUCEDI = 08 so as to reduce burden on providers.

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