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Please complete the Stonewall survey

All staff are being encouraged to fill in a survey about LGBT inclusion at the University of Sussex.

As part of its commitment to become an inclusive employer, the University signed up in August 2018 to the Stonewall Diversity Champions scheme.

This summer it submitted its first application to Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index, to benchmark against other organisations and focus on areas for improvement, with the ultimate goal of being in the top 100 of employers by 2025.

As part of the 2020 Workplace Equality Index, Stonewall is now seeking feedback directly from employees at the University of Sussex.

The survey comprises questions around key indicators of inclusion in the workplace – examining both LGBT and non-LGBT employee experiences, opinions and attitudes.

The survey is anonymous and is open to all staff, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. You have received an email inviting you to participate, with a link to the survey and a unique 4-digit code.

It closes on Friday 1 November, and you are encouraged to complete it as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about the survey, email

The results of the survey will be used to assess the impact of Sussex’s organisational practice on LGBT inclusion and they will contribute to the University’s overall diversity index score and its final ranking against other employers.

Stonewall will also provide analysis of the results for Sussex in a feedback report and meeting.

Support for LGBT+ rights and inclusion is an integral part of the University’s commitment to building a more inclusive community – as set out in Inclusive Sussex, the University’s first Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, and reiterated by the Vice-Chancellor Adam Tickell in his Proud to be Sussex statement this summer.

According to research published in 2018, more than a third of LGBT staff in Britain have hidden that they are LGBT at work for fear of discrimination.

Claire Annesley, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Equalities and Diversity), said: “We’re working hard to make sure that everyone at the University of Sussex can be themselves.

“Delivering Inclusive Sussex is everyone’s business and that’s why we’re asking for your help by completing this survey. Many thanks for getting involved.”

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Friday, 27 September 2019