Information about trans staff in universities

Jens LJ Research made this Freedom of Information request to Bangor University

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Dear Bangor 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

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Our Ref. FOI1660

 

Dear Jens and LJ,

 

Further to your request for information, the University’s response is
below:

 

1. How many members of staff
were employed at your
institution (as of 1st November
2018)?  2070
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?  Title is a
non-mandatory field on our online
application form.   Should candidates
wish to provide their title they may –
it is a free text field.
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?  Bangor University
does not ask this outside of our Equal
Opportunities Monitoring 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?  We ask
for their Legal Gender (Male/Female). 
We also ask “Please indicate the sex
you identify yourself with (please
note this question is different to the
information given above which refers
to current legal sex)   Male / Female
/ Other / Do not wish to answer
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?   Yes.   We ask 
“Does your Legal Gender, as indicated
above, match your sex as registered at
birth”
3.4 Do you ask candidates any other
questions about their gender
identity? If yes, what are they and
what options do you provide? No
4. If such information is available,
please provide this information as 1st
November 2018, what is the breakdown
(in percentages) of:  
sex  of
employed Female =  59.23%   
staff at Male = 40.77%
your
institution?
gender
identity of Female = 59.32% 
employed Male =    
staff at 40.63%             
your Other = 0.05%
institution?
What is the
percentage
of employed
staff at
your
institution
who do not
identify as
the sex
assigned at
birth? 0.10%
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.
  A new policy will be launched in
January 2019 (attached).
6. What is the procedure to support
staff who transition whilst in role at
the university?  Please see attached
documentation.  Training on this will
be incorporated into the Equality for
Managers half-day session.
- 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.  At present only
the attached documentation.
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? 
Current options in our system are:  
CANON, CAPT, COL, DEACON, DR, FR,
LADY, LORD, MISS, MR, MRS, MS, MX, PC,
PCSO, PROF, REV, REV CANON, REV DR   
But these can be added to as
necessary.    Titles are not
compulsory.
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?  Gender neutral
toilets are available and other
provisions will be considered on
request on a case-by-case basis.

 

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