Statement on policy for transgender students

2 July 2018

Lucy Cavendish College was founded to help women pursue their academic ambitions at the University of Cambridge. We have stayed true to this aim because we believe inequality still exists within the University and in wider society, both in terms of participation and achievement. We remain at the centre of debates about the position of women in society and are committed to championing and supporting women's development. There are many forms of inequality in society, but our history and current strategic direction mean we focus in particular on women. Following wide consultation within the College, and in the light of these discussions, Governing Body has decided to change our admissions policy on transgender students as follows:  

At the level of admissions, we will consider any student who was identified as male at birth but who, at the point of application has either been recognised as female under the Gender Recognition Act 2004 or has taken steps to live in the female gender. Similarly, just as we will consider any female student seeking to transfer to Lucy Cavendish College during their degree, we will consider any student who was identified as male at birth but who, at the point of requesting the transfer, has either been legally recognised as female under the Gender Recognition Act 2004 or, has taken steps to live in the female gender. 

Where an applicant/transferee feels that their case does not fall within the parameters set out above, Lucy Cavendish College will consider the case on an individual basis.  

In relation to current students, we will consider requests case-by-case, focusing on the best interests of the individual and in discussion with that student. Should a student who was identified as female at birth but has taken steps to live in the male gender decide they would prefer to be in a mixed college, Lucy Cavendish College will be supportive of a transfer and work with the student and the University to try to bring one about. This will be one of a number of options available to the student, and full tutorial support will be provided throughout regardless of the decision the student chooses to take.

Please refer admissions enquiries to Admissions Director, Victoria Harvey: vjh31@cam.ac.uk



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