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New policy and guidance to support students transitioning gender

9 September 2015

A new policy is now available for staff to help foster understanding of student transgender issues and to provide guidance on how to achieve a supportive environment for students undergoing transition while at the university.

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Trans students can face difficult situations and interactions in their personal, academic and family lives simultaneously. UCL staff and students are encouraged to be aware and sensitive to these stresses. While the number of students who transition gender may be low, it is not uncommon for young adults to experience gender identity issues.

The guidance outlines the responsibilities of departmental staff and provides information on correct terminology, good practice in creating a safe and welcoming safe and summarises the university's legal obligations. 

Under the new guidance, Denise Long, Director of Student Support and Wellbeing has been designated as the primary contact person to provide support for students transitioning.

Sam Nicholls, LGBT+ Representative for UCLU Women's Network and a trans students said, "It's good to know that there is something specifically out there to support trans students. It takes out some of the legwork from a long and often difficult process."

For more information please contact Fiona McClement in the Equalities and Diversity Team.

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Fiona McClement, Equality & Diversity Adviser, UCL Human Resources Division