The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Nov. 12 to 16.All are open for the University community to attend.Social Justice and Equity Studies MA thesis defenceSocial Justice and Equity Studies student Shannon Kitchings will defend the thesis “Inside Voices Witnessing Oral Disclosures of Trauma” on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. in WH 147. The examination committee includes Dawn Zinga, Chair; Walter Gershon, External Examiner (Kent State University); Sue Spearey, Supervisor; Mary Breunig, Graduate Program Director; and David Butz and Spy Denomme-Welch, Committee Members. Master of Education thesis defenceEducation student Andria Joy Chin will defend the thesis “Self-Regulated Learning and Psychomotor Skill Development in Second-Year Veterinary Students” on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes Lissa Paul, Chair; George Zhou, External Examiner (University of Windsor); Kamini Jaipal-Jamani, Supervisor; and Candace Figg and Xiaobin Li, Committee Members.
“This was demonstrated earlier this year by Lloyds Banking Group, who came number one in our top 100 LGBT inclusive employers in Britain”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The new titles are available to people who do not identify as a particular gender, or who do not want to be identified by gender. They include Ind, which stands for “individual”, Mre, which is short for “mystery” and Pr which means “person”. The titles, which come in today, will be applied across a customer’s account, including their bank cards and correspondence.LGBT charities welcomed the move and praised the banking sector in general for taking “huge strides” to making people with transgender issues feel valued.A Stonewall spokesperson said: “It’s great to see an increasing number of organisations prioritise issues affecting trans people. The banking sector has taken huge strides towards making lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees and customers feel valued. But the move was met with criticism from some Christian groups, who suggested the new titles were simply a PR stunt to make the bank appear socially progressive. Andrea Minichiello Williams, chief executive Denial of Christian Concern, described HSBC’s gender neutral titles as a “denial of reality”.She said: “This plays into the hands of a new political ideology. HSBC thinks this is progressive but it is actually regressive and absurd and will confuse people. I think its sad if people want ‘mystery’ as a title. It is a denial of reality.””Major public institutions are beginning to pander to this latest fad of political orthodoxy for fear of being seen as illiberal.” Stuart Barette, trans lead for the HSBC UK Pride network, said: “We are a commercial enterprise and we want to appeal to all our customers. If we don’t improve then the transgender community won’t bank with us and we don’t want that.”This is what our trans customers have been hoping for as they want their identities to be better represented in the community. Ultimately this isn’t us trying to lay claim to the ground and do a PR stunt, this is a genuine effort.” Last year Metro Bank became the first UK banks to welcome customers who don’t identify as male or female. The decision came about after Scottish teenager, Kaelin Farnish, raised concerns about not being able to be recognized as non-binary when trying to open a bank account.HSBC added that it has also made it easier for customers who wish to change their gender on their bank account. It said customers simply need to bring a passport, driving licence or birth certificate that supports the change of gender to update their details in branch. A retired industrial photographer formally known as Peter has come out as transgender at the age of 90 and is now thought to be the UK’s oldest transgender personCredit: Mikey Jones/Mercury Press Show more For most people it takes nothing more than a mindless flick of a pen, but for thousands of people in the transgender community selecting an appropriate title when filling out forms is not so simple. When asked to choose between ticking “Mr, Mrs, Miss or Ms”, many individuals who do not identify with a particular gender have for decades felt forced into choosing the wrong box.But finally it appears that their voice is starting to be heard and the conundrum addressed.In 2015 a new gender neutral title ‘Mx’ joined the usual honorifics on driving licences and other official documents in what was the first change to officially recognized titles in living memory.And now one of Britain’s biggest banks, HSBC, has gone further, by offering customers the widest ever choice of titles as it has unveiled a selection of ten gender neutral options.