Trans prospective applicants may research college websites for information and be encouraged to apply if they find information about the college’s positive approach to trans inclusion.
Staff engaged in student admissions should have awareness of transgender issues and of the profound impact of gender dysphoria. We would encourage applicants and schools to mention in their applications if schooling has been seriously disrupted by absence, mental ill-health or transphobia.
Colleges should be aware that applicants may have started a transition process and that official documents may differ from the individual’s current name and gender. Where an applicant contacts the college to request that a preferred name and gender are used, the college should ensure that relevant individuals, including interviewers, are briefed appropriately. Colleges may ask to see some proof of identity. Staff should check the name that should be used for correspondence to the home address, since this may differ from the preferred name to be used within the college. Once an offer has been made and accepted, the college should liaise with the student over practical arrangements relating to their transition.