Definition & the Equality Act
The Equality Act 2010, protects trans people who propose to undergo, are undergoing, or have undergone a process (or part of a process) of having their sex reassigned. A person does not have to be under medical supervision to have the protected characteristic of gender reassignment.
The Gender Recognition Act 2004 allows transsexual people to apply to the gender recognition panel for legal recognition of their acquired gender. Applicants who meet the requirements of the Act will be issued with a gender recognition certificate (GRC).
Confidentiality it essential and disclosing that someone has received a GRC without their consent is a criminal offense.
Information and guidance
The Equality Challenge Unit has produced a useful guidance for staff and students on:
General information on gender identity: