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Staff 2023/24 - Religion or belief

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Staff 2023/24

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Religion or belief

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valid entries
Short nameRELBLF

This field records the religious belief 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
20No religion
23Christian - Church of Scotland
24Christian - Roman Catholic
25Christian - Presbyterian Church in Ireland
26Christian - Church of Ireland
27Christian - Methodist Church in Ireland
28Christian - Other denomination
80Any other religion or belief
98Prefer not to say
99Not available

Religion or belief is recorded on the basis of the member of staff's own self-assessment.

The purpose of collecting this data is to ensure the providers' policies and practices do not discriminate against people observing a religion or belief.

England and Wales: What is your religion?

Scotland and Northern Ireland: What religion, religious denomination or body do you belong to?

Please note that the coverage of the coding frame is different for each of the administrations, only codes that are marked with 'Y' can be used for that administration. This is shown in the following table:

HESA coding frame for HEPs in: England Scotland Wales Northern Ireland
20 No religion Y Y Y Y
21 Buddhist Y Y Y Y
22 Christian Y Y
23 Christian - Church of Scotland Y
24 Christian - Roman Catholic Y Y
25 Christian - Presbyterian Church in Ireland Y
26 Christian - Church of Ireland Y
27 Christian - Methodist Church in Ireland Y
28 Christian - Other denomination Y Y
29 Hindu Y Y Y Y
30 Jewish Y Y Y Y
31 Muslim Y Y Y Y
32 Pagan Y
33 Sikh Y Y Y Y
80 Any other religion or belief Y Y Y Y
98 Prefer not to say Y Y Y Y
99 Not available Y Y Y Y

Staff should be presented with this question every year.


Valid entry code 98 – staff member doesn’t want to declare the information.

Valid entry code 99 – 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 a provider has any further queries regarding equality monitoring, please view

Quality rules
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Part of
Field length2
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: RELBLF
OwnerAdvance HE

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