Gender Identity


Student Services is committed to supporting our transgender and gender-nonconforming students, and to help make St Andrews a supportive, inclusive and safe place.  We understand that societal problems including discrimination, transphobic behaviour, microaggressions and intolerance have a significant impact on your wellbeing. Equally, we know that inclusive services and supportive environments where people can feel heard, respected, accepted, valued and safe are vital for every person’s wellbeing and mental health. We are passionate about achieving this for our students and staff.

Transgender and gender-nonconforming students may struggle in different ways while studying at university. This can arise as the relationship between academic pressures, mental health and gender identity can be tricky to manage in a new environment. You may find it tougher to engage in elements of self-care due to difficult thoughts and feelings about yourself, barriers you face or difficulties in relationships.

Finding your support system at university is a helpful step in managing and difficulties. It is important to have people you can turn to for non-judgmental support when you have to vent or look for guidance.

What support do we offer? 

Student Services can advise students about specialised support available in the UK. We have a network of mental health coordinators, cognitive behaviour therapists, counsellors, and wellbeing advisors to help you manage your mental health if difficulties arise.

Alternative Internal Support

You can access self-help through various University channels such as:

  • Saints LGBT+ - A subcommittee of the University of St. Andrews Student Association, driven to stand against discrimination and ensure an open community for all.
  • Chaplaincy Pastoral Care Service are available to offer pastoral care for any student or member of staff, regardless of faith or philosophy of life.
  • TogetherAll - a safe, online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing. (This service will be available until Feburary 2023. After this time, we recommend that students reach out to SHOUT).

External Support

If you would like to access some self-help materials here are a list of alternative support resources.