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Guidance on gender reassignment for staff

The University of Cambridge is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to a pro-active and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity.
Equal Opportunities Policy (2011)

In developing the Guidance on Gender Reassignment, information from specialist external organisations, like Press for Change and the Equality Challenge Unit, the higher education equality body, was researched. In addition, the views from different stakeholders from within the University were sought. These included the University's LGB&T Staff Network, the HR School Teams, the Senior Tutor representative of the University's E&D Consultative Forum and the Legal Services Office.

Status and eligibility

This Guidance provides information on good practice to support staff and institutions in implementing the University's Equal Opportunity Policy in relation to gender reassignment. This guidance is not University policy, does not form part of employees' terms and conditions of employment and may be subject to change. It is not intended to remove any current protections afforded to employees under their contracts of employment or under existing legislation or other local arrangements agreed by the University and trades unions.

The purpose of this Guidance is to assist managers, administrators and members of staff in the understanding of:

  • Gender reassignment.
  • The issues that may affect members of staff who are considering or currently undertaking, or have undergone gender reassignment.