Make a commitment to more unisex bathrooms on UWE campuses.

Not enough students have voted on this Idea. This Idea has failed.

At Bower Ashton, by the canteen, there is a block of gender-neutral toilet cubicles (which are excellent in that they are not only open to all gender identities, but are also individual 'rooms' in themselves, as opposed to a door with a gap above and below, offering more privacy).

Unisex toilets - and to be clear, 'bathrooms' does not actually mean that the room requires a bath - are important to members of many communities; transgender and non-binary individuals who feel uncomfortable with the idea of using bathrooms which don't match their gender identity; the elderly, disabled and other individuals who may require assistance in certain circumstances; parents who need to accompany their young children to the toilet, etc.

They are also more cost-effective to the university (negating the need to fill up more space by building separate male & female toilets).

To the best of my knowledge (although I do not know the campus intimately, so I could be wrong), these facilities are not widely available on Frenchay campus. Glenside is also an unknown entity to me.

I would like to propose that the university commits to increasing the number of unisex bathrooms on all campuses; be this through converting existing male-or-female bathrooms, or committing that bathrooms built in new facilities will be unisex.

This does not have to mean the immediate spending of lots of money; it can be a gradual long-term commitment to improving unisex facilities as the opportunities become available.

Actions Taken

  • This idea opened on 12 Jan 2017 and closes for voting on 02 Feb 2017.
  • The Executive agreed to give this Idea a conditional pass and Student Council subsequently agreed to pass the Idea. This Idea is now Students’ Union policy and has been sent to The Executive for work to begin.

  • 10th April 2017 - The Students' Union are speaking to Facilities about more unisex bathrooms on campus.


Sydney Lee
10:24am on 16 Dec 17 that unisex washroom in BA is great, it's got sensor flushing and taps as well! there are some washrooms that i don't understand especially in Arnolfini 3rd floor womens wc where the cubicles are so narrow you can't even close the door without squeezing in first. spike island unisex cubicles are also well weird as you need to close the toilet lid in order to flush.
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