Many people who change their gender identity decide to change their given name. The University will update its records when individuals provide evidence of a formal process to change their name. This can be done by Deed Poll, which is offered free or at low cost by various online companies. The University does not require deed polls to be enrolled through the courts. An alternative way to change one’s name is to make a Statutory Declaration.
If an individual does not want to change their legal name, or is unable to do so (for example if they are not a UK national) they can ask the University to use a preferred name. We will use that for internal purposes, but where an official/legal process is involved the legal name must still be used.
An individual may also ask members of their college or department to use a different name informally, before making a formal request to add a preferred name to their records.
An individual who is transitioning should be given the opportunity to update any photographs on their University cards and on University webpages. They may wish to make several changes as their physical appearance changes over time.
The University cannot provide additional University cards in alternative names and an individual can only be issued with one card at a time.