A university is and must be a place where difficult and sometimes uncomfortable topics are discussed. It is also a place where robust opposition to such events can and must be allowed to be aired.
The event, “Women’s Sex-Based Rights: what does (and should) the future hold?”, which is being hosted by the University’s Institute for Education, Teaching and Leadership is such an event which has both support and has caused concern amongst staff and students.
UCU locally, at Scotland and at UK level fully supports Transgender Rights. Locally we have also passed a motion calling for ‘respectful dialogue on sex and gender’ .
We would like to remind everyone that the University also has a Dignity and Respect policy and a trans equality policy which UCU supports and ask that everyone treats each other with appropriate levels of dignity and respect.