Oxford University students will no longer have to wear gender-specific academic clothing after concerns it was unfair to the transgender community. It will mean men can attend formal occasions in skirts and stockings and women in suits and bow ties. The new rules come after a motion by the LGBTQ Society, passed by the students’ union earlier this year. The changes, to start from 4 August, have now been agreed by the university. Jess Pumphrey, LGBTQ officer, said the change would make a number of students’ exam experience significantly less stressful. Under the old laws on academic clothing - known as subfusc - male students were required to wear a dark suit and socks, black shoes, a white bow tie and a plain white shirt and collar under their black gowns.