Stu­dents’ ini­tials dropped in new trans­gen­der move

The Mail on Sunday - - News -

A TOP univer­sity has dropped stu­dents’ ini­tials in email ad­dresses be­cause they could be ‘prob­lem­atic’ for trans­gen­der peo­ple who change their names.

A spokesman at Bris­tol Univer­sity ex­plained: ‘John Smith ar­riv­ing in 2018 might have re­ceived the user­name js18123.

‘In the new scheme, it will start with any two let­ters ex­cept “js”.’

The lat­est move in the higher ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem to sat­isfy trans­gen­der rights ad­vo­cates fol­lows the in­stal­la­tion of gen­der-neu­tral toi­lets and ad­vice to check the ‘pre­ferred pro­noun’ of stu­dents.

Pro­fes­sor Alan Smithers, of Buck­ing­ham Univer­sity, branded the move ‘an ab­surd over-re­ac­tion’.

But Bris­tol Univer­sity said: ‘Con­cerns have been ex­pressed by trans staff and stu­dents who may have tran­si­tioned that their log-in re­mains linked to their for­mer iden­tity.’

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