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Staff 2023/24 - Sexual orientation

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Staff 2023/24

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.


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

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