We want to support all staff and students in their choice of gender identity.
Support to transition
We have supported a number of students who have transitioned and have procedures in place to make things as easy as possible. The first step in finding out about the support we offer, is to take a look at the policy and procedures document for supporting gender reassignment and trans students and staff.
If you are already at the University, the next step is to speak to your Personal Tutor, or contact the Student Support Centre for support in doing this.
It may help to make an action plan, including things like:
- how information will be managed and by whom
- whether you wish to inform relevant people or if you would prefer this to be done for you
- the start date of using any new name / living full-time in a new role
- the process for changing records and other documentation
- any time off that may be required.
You will always be consulted about what you’d like people to be told and the language you’d like used, and only those who need to know about the transition will be informed, with clear information given about confidentiality.
Use of facilities
You can access facilities which match the gender in which you present. If you are transgender, you can access ‘men-only’ and ‘women-only’ areas – such as changing rooms and toilets – according to the gender in which you present. This may mean that you change the facilities you use at the point when you start to live in your affirmed gender.
The University also recognises the many non-binary and gender-fluid identities that exist, including trans non-binary identities, and there are plans to increase the number of gender-neutral toilets available across the campus.
Emotional and practical support
Our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service is available to provide support for LGBT+ students.
If you are experiencing any kind of emotional distress, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team. Support is available to those experiencing any sort of difficulty, however big or small, be it related to being trans, gender identity or transitioning at University.
All of our staff will listen, without judgement, and offer support in a safe, confidential space.