The UCU committee has joined the university LGBT+ staff network in writing a joint letter to the vice chancellor asking her to rectify the current discriminatory situation for trans staff and students at the University of Leeds. The UCU committee has signed the letter because of the serious issues that need to be addressed, and which UCU members have raised, including:
- lack of action on implementing the university’s trans equality policy
- a culture of transphobia at the university, as seen in some of the posts and comments on the Big Leeds Conversation
- safety concerns for trans staff and students ‘outed’ by the university’s IT systems
- unnecessary and distressing insistence on documentation for name changes.
Full details are in a redacted version of the letter here (PDF, 23 MB, 18 pages). The text will be copied below shortly. Please be aware that this includes some experiences of trans staff and students which you might find distressing to read.
We know that the Vice Chancellor believes equality and inclusion are hugely important, as do the campus trade unions, so we hope she will take this very seriously and will work to repair the university’s relationship with the staff and student LGBT+ community.
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This page was last updated on 11 August 2021