Guidance to support trans staff and students

The University celebrates and values the diversity of its staff and students and believes that the employment and inclusion of trans people at all levels of responsibility and trans students within our community enriches our University environment. The University will treat all trans employees and students with respect and strive to provide a positive working and learning environment free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation, to enable them to achieve the best outcomes.

The Guidance for Trans Staff and Students has been developed in consultation with staff and students, to provide practical guidance to support the implementation of the Trans Equality Policy.

The University’s Trans Equality Policy sets out our commitment, intent and principles for trans equality and it applies to all our prospective applicants for employment and study, employees and students, contractors, visitors and partners.

Key aspects that this guidance includes:

  • Underlying principles to provide a welcoming and supportive environment;
  • Practical guidance such as how to change student or staff name, gender and title and overseas travel, facilities, recruitment etc;
  • Supporting staff and students through transition, recognising that individual circumstances will vary and ensuring staff and students are provided with appropriate support.

Where this guidance document refers to the word ‘Trans people’, it has in mind everyone whose gender identity is not expressed in ways that are typically associated with their biological or sex assigned at birth.   This includes those who have non-binary, non-gender, agender or gender-fluid identities.

If you are a student wishing to change your name, gender marker and/or title you should complete a Student Notification of Change Form.

If you are a staff member wishing to change your name, gender marker and/or title you should complete a Staff Notification of Change Form.

We plan to review this guidance after 12 months and any feedback to the Equality Policy Unit will be welcomed during this period.

 Please also contact the Equality Policy Unit if you require this document in an alternatively published format.