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The new toilets will be available to people who identify as non-binary and/or do not identify as either male or female, as well as males and females.

News of the refurbishment, which will take four years to complete, was shared on Twitter by the university’s equality, liberation and access officer, Sally Patterson.

She wrote: “Exciting news, @BristolUni be investing about £3.4million to refurbish University toilets, including creating gender neutral bathrooms.

“This will mean that both students and staff will have access to toilets where they feel comfortable, anywhere on campus!”

Paul Smith, the university’s deputy director of estates, said: “The £3.4 million investment to upgrade our toilet facilities covers over 30 buildings across the Clifton and Langford campuses over the next four years.

“It includes both improvements to existing facilities, as well as investment in accessible, gender-neutral and additional toilets.

“Our investment in gender neutral toilets responds to our students and staff requests for more inclusive bathroom provision, to ensure everyone has access to toilets where they feel comfortable, anywhere on campus.”

Non-gendered facilities are something Bristol University has previously said it was committed to providing.

In a statement last year, the university said: “We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive work and study environment for all staff and students.

“We recognise that some members of the university community may identify as being non-binary and/or do not identify as either male or female and that non-gendered facilities such as toilets and changing facilities should be provided where possible.

“We are also mindful that some groups may not be comfortable with gender neutral toilets for religious or cultural reasons and will therefore take steps to ensure that both gendered and gender-neutral toilets are available across our estate. “

The statement adds: “We are supportive of Bristol SU and NUS campaigns to install more gender neutral toilets (GNTs) across our estate and as such have adopted the NUS definition of GNTs as ‘toilets and/or bathroom facilities which do not have gendered signage and which do not require the person using them to define into a gender’.”

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