Trans student: Lily’s experience
Lily is a student at Brunel University.
Overall, I would say transitioning at university has been a very good experience.
I initially left Brunel University to transition, taking a break from education in February 2012, with the intent to return that September to finish my degree. Comparing transitioning outside of university, to within – there is no comparison. University is, in my opinion, the best place to transition (practically only of course, medically its best to transition earlier in life).
The university environment is perfect for transitioning, because it tends to be far more accepting then the rest of society, full of people who are more open to new ideas. But also most universities will have many networks of support already in place that trans people can use, should things become hard (which for most, they will).
I found that the gender identity clinic (GIC) really encouraged me to transition in university as it provides the real life experience that they required, but in a safe and stable way, that they could monitor. So in terms of progressing through the NHS system as a trans person, it did help to transition at university.