TransEDU Community of Practice 

for colleges and universities in Scotland


The Community of Practice (CoP) brings together staff from colleges and universities across Scotland to share expertise, develop practice, and gain peer support in advancing trans equality in their institutions. 


Any staff at colleges and universities in Scotland are welcome to join, including Equality and Diversity, Human Resources, Student Services, Professional Services, and academic staff and researchers. Those working in the HE and FE sectors in Funding Councils, Sector and Professional Networks, Trade Unions, and Student Unions / Associations are also encouraged to join.


The CoP will meet three times per year at three institutions across Scotland. Each meeting will last for around two hours and, where possible, light refreshments will be provided. All venues will be wheelchair accessible with level and/or lift access.


Chair (2018): Sara Turkington, Equality and Inclusion Advisor, Ayrshire College

Secretary (2018): Dr Matson Lawrence & Dr Stephanie Mckendry, TransEDU, University of Strathclyde



2018 Meetings:


- November: Friday 9th November, 11:00 - 13:00, University of Abertay, Dundee


Venue: Hannah McClure Centre, University of Abertay, Dundee


The next meeting of the TransEDU Community of Practice has been scheduled for Friday 9th November, 11 – 1. Colleagues at Abertay University have kindly agreed to host the meeting and will provide us with a lunch.


The meeting will take place in the Hannah Maclure Centre, Abertay Student Centre, Abertay University, 1 – 3 Bell Street, Dundee, DD1 1HP. The Hannah Maclure Centre is on the top floor of the Student Centre. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Abertay is a city centre campus so parking is limited, however, there is a multi-story parking facility behind the library – Bell Street Car Park:

Further information on how to find the venue is available at:

For catering purposes, please let Stephanie ( know if you will be attending the meeting by Friday 2nd November. Please also indicate any dietary and/or access requirements and if there are any adjustments we can make to in order to make your attendance more comfortable.

  - FEBRUARY: Friday 23rd February, 11:00 - 13:00, University of Strathclyde


Venue: GH 701, Graham Hills Building, 50 George Street, Glasgow

Light refreshments will be provided, but feel free to bring your lunch.

Access: Lift access via 50 George Street entrance. Take the lift to the 7th Floor, then follow signs for GH 107. There is an accessible and gender neutral toilet near the meeting room. The meeting room is fitted with an Induction / Hearing Loop. The meeting room information and photograph can be viewed here. If you encounter any difficulties locating the venue, please call 0141 548 3239.

If you require materials in alternative formats or have any other access-related queries or concerns, please contact Matson at 


  - JUNE: Tuesday 19th June, 14:00 - 16:00, Ayrshire College Kilmarnock Campus


Venue: Partnership Room, Kilmarnock Campus - Ayrshire College


Access: Kilmarnock Campus is a single building with level access. The Partnership room is located on the ground floor and is fairly adjacent to the Reception.  The room is well signposted and Reception staff can provide guidance if required.  The Reception itself is located in the middle of the building and also is well signposted.

The Kilmarnock Campus is a one-minute walk / wheel from Kilmarnock train station. There is lift access at the train station. Parking spaces on campus are limited and can be arranged for those with access requirements. Contact Sara Turkington ( if you need to book a parking space, or have any other access-related queries or concerns.





The CoP is comprised of members from across colleges and universities in Scotland, including:


- Sara Turkington, Ayrshire College

- Rick Ellis and Graeme Brewster, City of Glasgow College

- Roz Caplan, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

- Naira Dar, Louise Scott-McKie and Dr Carolynn Grey, University of the West of Scotland

- Dr Stephanie Mckendry and Dr Christine Switzer, University of Strathclyde

- Kay Stevens, AdvanceHE Scotland

- Dr Matson Lawrence, Scottish Funding Council & University of Strathclyde

- Abertay University, Edinburgh Napier University, Glasgow Caledonian University, Edinburgh College, and Glasgow Clyde College.

If you would like to join the Community of Practice or have any queries, feel free to e-mail us at .