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New action plan to promote LGBT equality at Sussex

A new action plan highlights some of the key areas of work to promote LGBT equality that the University of Sussex will be focusing on over the next three years.

Work has already begun on some of these areas. This includes developing a Transitioning at Work Policy and related guidance for staff and managers, and reviewing some HR ‘family-friendly’ policies to ensure they use gender-neutral and inclusive language. The EDI Unit have also begun exploring the possibility of implementing a staff self-service portal to capture more detailed equality-monitoring data.

Much of this work is in response to feedback that the University received earlier this year following its first submission to Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index.

The action plan, which has been published following consultation with the LGBT+ Staff Network and the Trans and non-Binary Staff Network, brings together a range of institutional-level actions and initiatives. It will underpin the University’s work to become a Stonewall Top 100 Employer by 2025. 

In light of the significant barriers and challenges that organisations are facing due to Covid-19, Stonewall decided not to open this year’s Workplace Equality Index for submission and it will not be publishing a list of Top 100 Employers for 2021.

Although there will be no submission this year, the charity will proceed with its planned changes to questions that inform the Index and the introduction of a ‘gold, silver, bronze’ awarding system. These changes will come into effect for the 2022 Workplace Equality Index, when Stonewall will once again publish its list of the Top 100 Employers in the UK.

Meanwhile, local Pride celebrations this summer will provide students and staff with the opportunity to show their support for the LGBT+ community. Both Brighton and Hove Trans Pride (18 July) and Brighton & Hove Pride (1-2 August) will be hosting online events this year.

This afternoon (Wednesday 8 July), staff and students are invited to join an online event, ‘Who belongs here more than you?’; fashion historian and curator E-J Scott will be talking about Queer representation and inclusion in the museum sector and about the Queer the Pier exhibition that is currently installed at the Brighton and Hove Museum and Art Gallery. Staff and students can register for the event, which will be taking place via Zoom from 4.30pm.


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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Wednesday, 8 July 2020

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