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Religion and belief

Advance HE has revised its suggested question for religion and belief. Please note that from 2017/18, return of religion and belief data to HESA will be compulsory for the student record data collection.

Do you have a religion or belief? (England and Wales)

Do you belong to a religion, religious denomination or body? (Scotland and Northern Ireland)

We recommend using the response options provided in the 2011 census so you can compare the data nationally. To improve provision at your HEI, ask questions that make sense to your staff and students locally.

We also recommend that this question is accompanied by text explaining that its purpose is to ensure that the institution's policies and practices do not discriminate against people observing a religion or belief. This could be of particular importance for institutions which have a historic or current affiliation with a particular religion or belief.