At the University of Essex, we recognise that using gender-neutral language can have a positive impact on our staff and student community. We also understand the importance of using the correct pronouns for people and we actively encourage our staff to include their pronouns on their email signatures.
We understand that people are often 'scared of saying the wrong thing', so we have also created a LGBTQ+ glossary, detailing a variety of terms and definitions for staff and students to refer to. We also have a guide to pronoun usage.
Remember: if you say the wrong thing by accident, just (briefly) apologise! Recognise that you have got it wrong, and move on. As long as you have good intentions, most people will appreciate you acknowledging your mistake and help you get it right.