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Religion (RELIGION)

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Key Value
Name Religion
Short name RELIGION
Part of Student (Student)
Description This field records the religious belief of the Student, on the basis of their own self assessment
Applicable to England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales
Coverage All Students

This data must be updated throughout a Student's Engagement where applicable.

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

To align with the methodology used in the census, providers in Northern Ireland should display the options to students with 20 'No religion' at the bottom of the list.

Valid entry 99 'Not available' should be returned where the provider does not know the information.

When collecting this information providers can choose to use the answer option of 'Prefer not to say' which can be mapped to 'Information refused'.

Valid entry 98 'Information refused' should only be returned where the student was asked the question and selected the option indicating they do not wish to provide the information. 98 must not be returned where this is not the case.

If the provider does not know the information but the student has not refused to provide it, 99 'Not available' must be returned.

Quality Rules Quality rules to follow
Optional? No
Reason required To monitor equal opportunities issues in the higher education sector and support higher education providers in meeting their obligations under the Equality Act 2010.
Field Length 2
Valid Values
Code Label
20 No religion
21 Bahai
22 Buddhist
23 Christian
24 Christian - Church of Scotland
25 Christian - Roman Catholic
26 Christian - Protestant
30 Christian - Other denomination
31 Hindu
32 Jain
33 Jewish
34 Muslim
35 Sikh
36 Spiritual
37 Any other religion or belief
98 Information refused
99 Not available

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