I am a transgender woman and I would like to apply to Newnham, but I’m concerned about whether it would be an accepting environment or not. What measures are taken to ensure that trans women are included in Newnham’s community?
Newnham prides itself on being a welcoming environment for all female students, regardless of gender assigned at birth. The JCR LGBT+ and Womens Officers provide support to trans women. If you have any questions about the student experience at Newnham or about the application process please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
What does it mean to be ‘formally recognised as female’?
By formally recognised, we mean that you have a form of identification (e.g. passport, driving licence etc) that gives your gender as female. We do not require a gender recognition certificate.
My passport does not correctly state my gender. Are there any other forms of identification that I could use to counteract this, which are easier to obtain?
Yes; we are happy to accept a driving licence in the female gender; if you do not have this, please contact us to discuss what other forms of identification may be acceptable.
I need to change my identification documents to correctly reflect my gender but cannot afford to do so. Can financial support be provided?
Please discuss this with us before incurring any costs; you may already have an acceptable form of documentation.
At what point in the admissions process would you need to see formal documentation that states my gender?
We require all offer-holders to submit evidence of id (usually a copy of a passport) in March, following the issuing of offers in January. This is one stage in the fulfilment of our legal duty to check that everyone has the right to study in the UK. If you do not have a passport, please contact us to discuss alternative forms of identification.
Do you require formal recognition of gender from everyone, or only transgender applicants?
Newnham is a women’s College and we therefore ensure that all those we admit are women. We check this when we see your formal documentation in March [as above]. Transgendered applicants are treated identically to others.