The Religion and Belief in Higher Education project, based at the Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences, University of Derby, has just entered its primary data-gathering phase, with separate online surveys launched for higher education staff and students.
Commissioned by the Equality Challenge Unit, and led by Professor Paul Weller, the project aims to develop an evidence base for understanding the experience of staff and students in higher education with a religion or belief.
The intention is that this evidence base will then ‘support the further development of more inclusive policy and practice within the higher education sector that meets legal requirements while also extending good practice’.
Full information about the project, which runs until March 2011 and covers England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, will be found at:
If eligible, to participate in the surveys, reckoned to take about 15 minutes to complete, go to:
Obviously, respondents will constitute a self-selecting sample, and it will be interesting to see how the data are eventually weighted and analysed to ensure they are as representative of the target population as possible.