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    Policy Lapse - Sign Off with Pronouns: Make Sharing Pronouns Common Practice

      The staff members, sabbaticals, and volunteers (Student Reps, Societies, etc.) throughout the Students' Association should include their pronouns in their email signatures. Similarly, during meetings, events (etc.) pronouns should be shared, for instance with names during introductions, or before speaking.

      Why you think it is important

      Knowing the correct pronouns to use for any individual is important and goes a long way to contribute to ensuring that transgender students feel valid and welcome when being spoken to. It is a small, and simple act, however it can have a huge positive impact overall. By normalising the practice of sharing pronouns, it can negate numerous problematic moments in discussion, that may occur due to accidental misgendering, without the need for transgender students to correct the error. This removes any need for a student to 'out' themselves, as everyone would be in the habit of sharing pronouns.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      If the Students' Association makes this change, it puts weight behind normalising the practice of sharing pronouns, and the Students' Association could then work with the university to have the same implemented across all staff and volunteers, encouraging students to do the same too.

      I have read the guidance on what makes a good policy on the student council page

      Passed Dec 2018
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