15. Training and awareness

It may be helpful to provide specific briefing sessions for colleagues or fellow students of people who are transitioning to enable them to raise any concerns and ask questions about appropriate behaviours. It is important that such a session gives both general information about transgender people and specific information about how the particular individual wants to be treated.

Internal

Possible sources of training within the University include:

  • The student LGBTQ Society, which holds regular open events for students;
  • The Oxford SU Officers, including the Transgender Reps;
  • Caroline Moughton, Equality and Diversity Unit;
  • The LGBT+ Advisory Group, including the Transgender Representative.

We are proud of the contribution of members of staff to raising awareness of trans issues both locally and nationally. One member of staff is actively involved with local youth groups for LGBT, and has worked with council officers and the Thames Valley Police on trans issues, while another contributed to a group article in the British Medical Journal to raise awareness of the experiences of trans patients.

External

GIRES Free e-learning resource: www.gires.org.uk/e-learning 
NHS Video stories of two people’s experience of transition:
Jay’s story: http://tinyurl.com/yce7nxmy
Ruth’s story: http://tinyurl.com/y8h2u7fw
Gendered Intelligence Workshops: www.genderedintelligence.co.uk