AMOSSHE is holding a continuing professional development event about how Student Services can more effectively support trans students in higher education: Supporting trans students.
Focussing attention on support for trans students has never been more timely. Recently the London Assembly Health Committee published a report on the mental health needs of LGBT+ people, which finds that while these people are more likely to experience mental ill health than the wider population, LGBT+ people are often overlooked in needs assessments and consequently in mental health commissioning decisions.
Meanwhile in Texas, USA, legislators have introduced a bill to senate that would restrict trans-identified people from utilising restrooms and changing facilities that align with their gender identity. This applies to public colleges and universities. State-led actions such as this contribute to the sense of a hostile culture for trans students around the world, impacting their mental wellbeing.
Supporting trans students is an opportunity to review updated guidance from the Equality Challenge Unit for staff in higher education institutions across the UK and colleges in Scotland about improving experiences for trans students and staff. The event also explores in a practical way how Student Services can enable trans students to realise their academic potential.
Supporting trans students takes place on 23 March 2017 in Birmingham. Book your place now!