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Sex identifier (SEXID)

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Key Value
Name Sex identifier
Short name SEXID
Part of Student (Student)
Description This field records the sex of the student
Applicable to England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales
Coverage All Students

Advance HE suggested question:

What is your sex?

Advance HE recommend the use of the terms 'other' and 'prefer not to say' for people who associate with the terms intersex, androgyne, intergender, ambigender, gender fluid, polygender and genderqueer.

HESA do not include a 'prefer not to say' option.

The 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 see the Advance HE website

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

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
Revision History
Coding Manual Version Element Version Notes
1.7.0 1.0.1 Guidance added to explain that this field should be updated throughout a student's engagement where applicable
Valid Values
Code Label
10 Female
11 Male
12 Other

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