• Accessibility

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.


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