Trans Day of Visibility

Saturday March 31 2018 is Trans Day of Visibility - a day dedicated to celebrating trans people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by trans people worldwide.

Trans flag

Across the University, we aim to empower all staff to help create an open, inclusive environment where people feel valued and that they can be themselves at work.

If you want to get involved on social media you can do with Stonewall’s hashtag #ISupportTransEqualityBecause.

On Trans Day of Visibility, we wanted to highlight some of the steps the University has taken to become a more inclusive organisation, and how we plan to continue this work.

Find out how to get involved and show your support:


We have an e-learning module on transgender awareness available through MOLE. It's available to all staff, and is designed to help people understand trans issues and experiences.

The module is available to all staff, and provides guidance on:

  • Trans terminology, language and etiquette
  • Social, legal and work-related issues that trans colleagues can encounter
  • What gender reassignment means for people
  • What constitutes discrimination
  • The equality act
  • Data protection

It only takes 30 minutes to complete in one go but you don't have to finish it in the same period.

With videos and a transcript plus test yourself sections, it's a helpful resource for all staff whether you identify as trans, want to understand the experience of a friend or colleague, or you would just like more information about trans issues.

How to take the e-learning module:

  1. Log into MUSE
  2. Open My Services and then MOLE.
  3. Click to enroll (you need to be logged into MOLE first). You’ll arrive at “Enrol in organisation: hur - e-learning resources”.
  4. Click submit
  5. Click OK to continue
  6. You’ll see several training options - select the fifth one down in the list, Transgender Awareness.


Join the LGBT+ Network Committee

The network enables LGBT+ staff to come together to share information, support and, by signalling a LGBT+ presence on campus, to ensure we maintain a comfortable and fully inclusive environment in which we can each reach our full potential without fear of discrimination.

Network Chair, Dr Matt Mears, says: “Our committee is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for LGBT+ colleagues and we would like to hear from any trans colleagues who would like to join the committee and help us shape the work the network does. If you are a transgender member of staff, and/or have knowledge of trans matters and the gender balance of the organisation and its employees, then we would love to hear from you.”

To find out more, email:


Join Open@TUoS #RainbowLanyard

Open@TUoS is the University’s allies scheme and is open to all colleagues regardless of gender and/or sexual identity. Colleagues who sign up to Open@TUoS will receive a pack that includes a rainbow lanyard, one of the most popular ways of visibly showing support amongst colleagues. In the pack, there are other ways supporters can show their commitment to the LGBT+ community, including wearing rainbow badges and displaying Open@TUoS door signs. Colleagues will also be added to the Open@TUoS mailing list and will receive updates.

You can also Tweet your support using #RainbowLanyard

Sign up here.

Read our guiding principles

The University is committed to building a diverse workforce where everyone can be themselves. As part of our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Excellence Through Inclusion and compliance with the Equality Act (2010), we will ensure that all staff (including transgender people, staff associated with transgender people and people perceived to be transgender) are treated with dignity and respect and will not tolerate any discrimination, harassment, bullying or victimisation during recruitment and their employment. We are reviewing our policy language to make all our policies fully LGBT+ inclusive.

Download our guiding principles (658KB)

Read the guidance from the LGBT Foundation

Established in 1975, LGBT Foundation exists to support the needs of the diverse range of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans. We believe in a fair and equal society where all LGBT people can achieve their full potential. #EqualityWins underpins much of what we do and we aim to be; ‘here if you need us.’

Find out about what else you can do to support Trans Day of Visibility here.