Definition and the Equality Act
The Equality Act 2010, protects trans people who propose to undergo, are undergoing, or have undergone a process (or part of a process) of having their sex reassigned. A person does not have to be under medical supervision to have the protected characteristic of gender reassignment.
The Gender Recognition Act 2004 allows transsexual people to apply to the gender recognition panel for legal recognition of their acquired gender. Applicants who meet the requirements of the Act will be issued with a gender recognition certificate (GRC).Confidentiality id essential and disclosing that someone has received a GRC without their consent is a criminal offence.
Trans - a definition
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'. Trans is an umbrella term encompassing all those who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth, including but not limited to those who are transgender, genderqueer, agender and non-binary.
Information and guidance
The Equality Challenge Unit has produced a useful guidance for staff and students on:
General information on gender identity: