Change your application form to ask about gender rather than legal sex and offer more than 2 options.
UCAS have changed their application forms from 2015* to ask for legal sex rather than gender. This is a step backwards which makes it difficult for people who are transgender to apply for university.
Binary-gendered trans men and trans women should not have to wait 2 years for a gender recognition certificate before they can apply to university in their correct gender. Meanwhile, those who have nonbinary gender identities are currently denied any opportunity of legal recognition of their gender in the UK.
We want them to make the application process inclusive of people who are transgender by asking for gender rather than 'legal sex on your birth certificate' and offering options for people with nonbinary gender identities.
UCAS have told us they want to engage with higher education providers and the higher education statistics agency (HESA) to look at making changes in future. We'd like to collect as many signatures as possible to show there is also support for this from their applicants and the wider community.
We'd also like to collect organisational signatures from trans* organisations, student and staff associations and similar groups. If you want to sign as an organisation please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*the 2014 form asks about gender but still only offers 2 options.
Change your application form to ask about gender and offer more than 2 options.
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