It has been something of contention for a while now, but finally one of England’s oldest surviving universities, The University of Oxford has been brought into the 21st century and will allow transgender students to wear formal dress, appropriate to their sex.
The university, commonly grouped together with The University of Cambridge, termed Oxbridge, has changed its strict dress code for students taking exams or attending formal events within the university calender.
The campus’ LGBT group recently intervened and call for progress and change.
The changes, which come into force this week, mean that trans women will be permitted to wear skirts and trans men will be permitted to wear suits, jackets and ties.
Jess Pumphrey, the LGBTQ Soc’s executive officer, said the change will make exam time and formal events significantly less stressful for trans students.
She told the Oxford student newspaper: “In futuire there will be no need for transgender students to cross-dress to avoid being confronted by invigilators or disciplined during their exam.”
An Oxford University spokesperson said: “The regulations have been amended to remove any reference to gender, in response to concerns raised by Oxford University Student Union that the existing regulations did not serve the interests of transgender students.
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