Information about trans staff in universities

Jens LJ Research made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Birmingham City University

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Dear Birmingham City University,

1. How many members of staff were employed at your institution (as of 1st November 2018)?

2. During your recruitment process, how do you ask candidates about their title? Does your online application system have default title choices, e.g Mr/Mrs/Ms? If yes, what is the list available? Do you offer a free-form box to enter title? Is title a required field on your online application form?

3.1. During your recruitment process, how do you ask candidates about their gender identity outside of your Equal Opportunity Monitoring form? If so, does your online application system have default gender options, e.g Female/Male? If yes, what is the list available? Do you offer a free form box to enter gender? Is gender a required field on your online application form?

3.2 On your equal opportunities monitoring form for recruitment do you ask for candidates to state their gender? If yes, what questions are asked and what options are provided? Are candidates able to select an option which is not provided?

3.3 Do you ask candidates about the sex/gender they were assigned at birth? Do you ask if candidates if they are transgender? If so, what are the questions you ask and what are the options provided?

3.4 Do you ask candidates any other questions about their gender identity? If yes, what are they and what options do you provide?

4. If such information is available, what is the breakdown (in percentages) of sex or gender/gender identity of employed staff at your institution? What is the percentage of employed staff at your institution who do not identify as the sex assigned at birth? Please provide this information as 1st November 2018

5. Do you have a transgender equality policy? If so, please attach and return with your response. If not – is there a transgender section in your wider equality policy? If yes, please attach and return with your response.

6. What is the procedure to support staff who transition whilst in role at the university?
- How would they change their name, title and gender marker?
- What would you do if a member of staff at the university wanted to use a gender that was not currently listed on your system?
- Do you have a central point of contact for administering changes across all IT systems?
- How is the policy made available to managers and staff? Do you provide specific training?

7. Do any of your policies and procedures specifically include non-binary people (those who do not identify as male or as female), and if so, in what ways? Please attach any policies that specifically mention non-binary people.

8. Across university systems (such as HR, name badges, IT accounts etc) what title choices are available for members of staff at your institution? (e.g Ms, Mrs, Mr etc). Are titles compulsory for people to state?

9. What provisions have you put in place for transgender (including non-binary) members of staff at your institution to ensure that these staff members feel comfortable and included at your organisation?

Yours faithfully,

Jens and LJ

Freedom of Information Act, Birmingham City University

Dear Jens and LJ,

RE: INFORMATION REQUEST DATED 3RD DECEMBER 2018

Thank you for your request for information. In order for us to process your request, please provide us with your full name, as per Section 8(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Under Section 8(1)(b), a request must include the name of the requester. Any variation of the requester’s title or first name combined with their surname (e.g. Mr Smith or John Smith) will be sufficient to meet this requirement. However, a first name or surname provided in isolation, or a set of initials, will not.

Your request has been placed on hold. Once we receive this information, we will begin processing your request.

Kind Regards,

Information Management Team
Birmingham City University
Joseph Priestley Building / 3rd Floor
6 Cardigan Street
Birmingham
B4 7BD

T: 0121 300 5288
E: [Birmingham City University request email]

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Freedom of Information Act,

We are Jens Bakewell and LJ Potter

Yours faithfully,

Jens and LJ

Freedom of Information Act, Birmingham City University

Dear Jens & LJ,

RE: INFORMATION REQUEST DATED 10th DECEMBER 2018
REF: FOI-01162

Thank you for your request for information. Your request was received on 10th December 2018 and we are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We will respond to the information request within 20 working days (i.e on or before 9th January 2019). If we are unable to respond to the request or if the University does not hold the information or if there is a reason for it to be withheld, we will write to you with the reasons why.

If you have any queries or concerns about the process, please do not hesitate to contact us. Otherwise we will write to you on or before 9th January 2019.

Thanks,

Information Management Team
Birmingham City University
Joseph Priestley Building / 3rd Floor
6 Cardigan Street
Birmingham
B4 7BD

T: 0121 300 5288
E: [Birmingham City University request email]

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Freedom of Information Act, Birmingham City University

1 Atodiad

Dear Jens and LJ

RE: INFORMATION REQUEST DATED 3rd DECEMBER 2018
REF: FOI – 01162

Further to your request received on 3rd December, please see our response attached.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Requests for an internal review should be made to the Head of Legal and Compliance at [Birmingham City University request email] or by writing to: Head of Legal and Compliance, Birmingham City University, Joseph Priestley Building, Cardigan Street, B4 7BD.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Please see https://ico.org.uk/concerns/getting/ for details of their procedure. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Thanks,

Information Management Team
Birmingham City University
Joseph Priestley Building / 3rd Floor
6 Cardigan Street
Birmingham
B4 7BD

T: 0121 300 5288
E: [Birmingham City University request email]

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Freedom of Information Act, Birmingham City University

3 Atodiad

Dear Jens and LJ

RE: INFORMATION REQUEST DATED 3rd DECEMBER 2018
REF: FOI - 01162

Please see attached policies to go with our response.

Sorry, I forgot to attach them to my previous response email.

Thanks,

Information Management Team
Birmingham City University
Joseph Priestley Building / 3rd Floor
6 Cardigan Street
Birmingham
B4 7BD

T: 0121 300 5288
E: [Birmingham City University request email]

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