Gender reassignment is if you change your sex, for example from being a woman to a man, or a man to a woman. You are also protected by the Equality Act 2010 if you are thinking about changing. Sexual orientation is whether you are straight (heterosexual), a gay man, a lesbian woman, bisexual, or other orientation. Straight (heterosexual) is being attracted to people of the opposite sex (e.g. a man attracted to a woman and a woman attracted to a man), a gay man is attracted to other men, a lesbian woman is attracted to other women and bisexual people are attracted to both men and women.
The University aims to create an environment in which all staff and students, whatever their sexual orientation or gender assignment, feel equally welcomed and valued, and in which homophobic, biphobic or transphobic behaviour is not tolerated. The University aims to provide a working and learning environment which is free from unfair discrimination and will enable all staff and students to fulfil their potential.
The University’s Sexual Orientation Policy, along with the Strategic Equality Plan aims to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and fairness regardless of their gender assignment.
The University has an established Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Staff Network, with more information available here: LGBT+ Staff Network.
In order to support our trans staff and students, we subscribe to the Equality Challenge Unit's guidance on trans people in higher education. ECU's publication on transitioning is viewable here: Supporting a student or member of staff who is transitioning (PDF)