Transgender and non-binary

In brief

If you are new to this topic, see this introductory transgender overview page, which includes definitions and general advice for supporting transgender and non-binary colleagues and students.

For a summary of the key legislation which guides the University’s approach to supporting trans people, see our legal protection page.

Transgender policy and guidance

The University aims to provide support and understanding to those individuals who wish to take, or have taken, steps to change the gender identity they were assigned at birth. It also aims to create an inclusive culture, where all transgender and non-binary people are treated with dignity and respect. Our commitments are outlined in the University’s Transgender Policy and associated guidance.

The aims of the Transgender policy and associated guidance are:

  • to assist members of the University in understanding gender diversity in relation to the activities of the University;
  • to clarify roles and responsibilities for supporting students, staff and alumni who wish to make, or have made changes to their gender identity; and
  • to ensure that the University has protocols for changing student, staff and alumni records and for storing confidential information relating to gender identity.

The guidance is informative, not prescriptive and is intended to form the basis for sensitive support of transgender and non-binary  individuals.

It is recommended that colleges adopt this policy and guidance rather than developing their own.

Key elements of the guidance can be found below, with further guidance in the ‘in depth’ tab.

Transgender support

Consider some of the practical steps around transition, for both trans staff or students and those supporting them.

Support checklists for staff and for students cover some of the main areas to be considered when an individual states that they intend to transition.

Find out how you can support trans inclusion and how colleges can support trans students.

Practical issues for trans and non-binary staff and students

Information on changing name and gender records for transgender and non-binary staff and students.

See the practical issues for trans staff page for information on recruitment, references, pensions, DBS checking and medical leave.

For guidance on specific issues for trans and non-binary students, including sports, financial hardship, timing of transition and academic dress, see the practical issues for trans students page.

External resources on transgender and non-binary inclusion

A useful guide to personal pronouns and why they matter.

For teaching staff, see this brief guide to making university classrooms more accessible to trans and gender non-conforming students.

In depth

Further guidance on supporting trans and non-binary staff and students

See how to report transphobic abuse, harassment and bullying, inside and outside the University.

Good practice in communication - Information and suggestions from our trans students and staff on communication approaches.

Asking survey questions about gender identity

Toilets and changing facilities - Advice on offering a choice of facilities, gender neutral toilets and signage.

Training, resources and glossary

Detailed information on internal and external resources, training, and a glossary of terms.

Further external resources on transgender and non-binary inclusion

Stonewall has a comprehensive Q&A ‘The truth about trans’ which provides factual answers to some commonly asked questions about trans people and aims to address assumptions and misconceptions.

For more detailed guidance about supporting trans staff and students, including the legislative context, good practice in policies, building a trans inclusive environment and collecting data, see the Equality Challenge Unit’s comprehensive report Trans staff and students in HE and colleges: improving experiences.

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