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Sexual orientation (SEXORT)

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Key Value
Name Sexual orientation
Short name SEXORT
Part of Student (Student)
Description This field records the sexual orientation of the Student, on the basis of their own self-assessment
Applicable to England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales
Coverage All Students at providers in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Optional for all providers in Scotland.

This data is required to be collected for all student by providers in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

98 Information refused must be returned where the student refuses to provide the data.

99 Not available must be returned where the data is not known by the provider, but the student has not explicitly refused to provide it.

Suggested question (recommended by Stonewall):

What is your sexual orientation?

This data is optional for providers in Scotland.

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

Quality Rules Quality rules to follow
Optional? Yes
Reason required To monitor equal opportunities issues in the higher education sector and support higher education providers (HEPs) in meeting their obligations under the Equality Act 2010 through a deeper understanding of the barriers and outcomes of students from a wide range of groups protected by the Act.
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 Asexual
11 Bi/Bisexual
12 Gay man
13 Gay woman/lesbian
14 Heterosexual/straight
15 Queer
16 Other
98 Information refused
99 Not available

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