Survey aims to shed light on the inclusion and safety of trans and gender non-conforming students in third level education

The survey from Trinity College will help improve inclusion and safety of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming third-level students.

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Trinity college has produced a survey which will address the inclusion and safety of third-level students who identify as trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming.

The comprehensive, 55-question survey addresses a number of issues related to being non-binary or trans in an educational setting. 

According to the study’s webpage: “This project is being organised by Dr. C. C. Chevallier (Trinity College Dublin) with mentoring from Dr. Susan Murphy (Trinity College Dublin, Department of Geography) and Dr. Conor Buggy (University College Dublin, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science) in collaboration with TENI (Transgender Equality Network Ireland), the NXF (National LGBT Federation), and the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Unit).

The research team is volunteering their time but has received funding and support from the TCD Equality Fund and other bodies.

“The data will be stored by members of the research team in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act for 24 months. No personally identifying information will be shared outside of the research group and participant IP address will not be stored. The aim of this is to ensure complete anonymity and participant safety. Any potentially self-identifying answers will be redacted.

“During the survey, no question is mandatory to answer. If you do not feel comfortable answering a question or it’s not relevant to you, you’re encouraged to skip it. Questions with another “option” will allow you to fill in a response. Within the demographics section, it will allow you to self-identify.”

They add: “If you wish to have your response removed from the database, you may contact [email protected] to do so. Having the date and approximate time of your submission will help with this process.”

If you are able, contributing to this survey will provide data to help the researches create social change in Ireland. Be sure to pass it on to friends!

The survey can be found here.

TENI recently held a conference on Trans Awareness in Education, which provided resources to educators. 

The conference provided a forum for school authorities, principals, teachers, and school support personnel facilitating or planning to facilitate young trans and gender non-conforming people within schools or other educational facilities.

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