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Staff 2022/23 - Sexual orientation

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Staff 2022/23

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 member of staff, on the basis of their own self-assessment

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

Mandatory for providers in England and Wales, optional for providers in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Valid entries and labels
11Gay or lesbian
12Heterosexual or straight
19Other sexual orientation
98Prefer not to say
99Not available

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

Guidance question: Which of the following best describes your sexual orientation?

Staff should be presented with this question every year.


Prefer not to say – staff member doesn’t want to declare the information.

Not available – the provider is not able to get this data in order to send it to HESA.

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

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Part of
Field length2
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: SEXORT
OwnerAdvance HE
Change management notesAll valid entries used previously in 21025 replaced with new valid entries 10, 11, 12, 19, 98 and 99. Coverage has also been updated for this field which becomes mandatory for providers in England and Wales, but remains optional for providers in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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