St George’s has practical experience of supporting both staff and students who have chosen to reassign their gender while working or studying at the University. For instance the institution is fully committed to being guided by the wishes of the individual at all stages of the process. A designated staff member will be assigned lead responsibility for liaising with the individual and will have overall responsibility for ensuring all pre-agreed plans are implemented smoothly.
The Equality Act and trans status
Gender reassignment is defined as 'a process which is undertaken under medical supervision for the purpose of reassigning a person's sex by changing physiological or other characteristics of sex, and includes any part of such a process'. However, the Equality Act now gives protection from discrimination to a person who has proposed, started or completed a process to change their sex. It also removes the need for a transsexual person to be under medical supervision to benefit from legal protection. Additionally the Act protects people from discrimination by association because of gender reassignment. For example, it would protect the parents of a trans person from being discriminated against because their child is transitioning. The Act prohibits indirect discrimination to this group of people in employment. Organisations are required to treat absences from work because someone proposes to undergo, is undergoing or has undergone gender reassignment in the same way or better than absences due to illness or injury.
A definition of the term trans
This is an inclusive term for those who identify themselves as transgender, transsexual or transvestite. The term trans can be used without offence but should only be used as an adjective, for example a trans student.
St George's is a member of GIRES (the Gender Identity, Research and Education Society).
Support and other useful information
Support is provided to trans staff through the lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender (LGBT) staff network and to trans students via the Pride St Georges LGBT student society. Please contact our equality and diversity manager for more information.
Equality and diversity manager
Telephone: 020 8725 0605
We use the following processes to support transgender individuals within the institution.
Transgender policy (PDF)
Transgender procedure (PDF)
Beaumont Society - As well as being a support network, the Society promotes better understanding of transgender, transvestism and gender dysphoria.
Equality Challenge Unit - Supporting Trans Staff and Students Publication
Equality and Human Rights Commission - Provide information on unlawful sex discrimination based on gender, for women, men and transsexual people.
The Gender Identity and Research and Education Society - Initiates, promotes and supports research, particularly to address the needs of those in whom there is a strong and ongoing desire to live and be accepted in the gender in which they identify, although different from that assigned at birth.