New support network for Transgender and Non-binary students
Today we recognise Trans Day of Visibility, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the discrimination faced by the trans community, but also to celebrating the achievements and contributions of trans people across the world.
The University of Brighton is committed to supporting our trans and non-binary students and staff and creating a more inclusive environment, however we recognise there is more to be done.
Introducing the ‘Transgender and Non-binary Network (TNBi)’
To support both staff and students who identify as transgender or non-binary, our new network aims to provide a safe space to support each other, find community, share relevant information, and plan activities.
Any member of staff or student who is transgender and non-binary is welcome to join. Please contact TNBiSupport@brighton.ac.uk to request membership. We understand the importance of the privacy of some of our members. Membership of the Network will remain confidential in any communication via email, and the list of members is only visible to the Network Co-Chairs. Names will, however, show on Teams in the case of online meetings.
The network will meet at least once a term with its members, depending on availabilities and demand. Meetings and activities will be inclusive and aim to meet the diverse needs of members. This may include meeting virtually or in-person, depending on preference and need.
TNBi statement and goals
In response to increasing and widespread trans-hostile national policies and media coverage, the Transgender and Non-binary Network aims to:
- Provide TNBi staff and students with peer-to-peer support.
- Provide staff and students with information, relevant positive news, and up-to-date research on topics related to TNBi people and their lives.
- Inform and influence university policy and planning for effective EDI interventions through an intersectional lens.
- Plan community-building activities and events that contribute to a TNBi-supportive culture at University of Brighton.
Further support for trans and non-binary students
The university also has a Named Contact for trans and non-binary students – Marianne Lemond, the Student Experience and Equalities Manager. She can advise you and help co-ordinate support in a range of areas including: the process for changing your name and other details on the student record; support in communicating with your lecturers or other key staff about your name and pronouns (if this would be helpful); and time off for gender-affirmative surgery/medical treatment. Email Marianne at firstname.lastname@example.org.