The collection of data about staff and student identity characteristics is a rapidly evolving area of work that can provide important insights into the demographic diversity of a population. Advance HE refers to this strand of work as diversity monitoring. The design of diversity monitoring questions is often contested and needs to align with reporting requirements while also ensuring that staff and students can, as far as possible, describe themselves in ways that reflect how they identify.
This document provides guidance on how to structure questions to gather this data, based on consultation with other EDI organisations, other agencies involved in data collection, desk-based research and Advance HE’s knowledge of good practice in UK higher education.
Access the guidance below.