Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

LGBT+ equality

Stonewall is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights charity based in the UK. Named after the Stonewall riots in New York’s Greenwich Villiage in 1969, the charity is now the largest of LGBT charity in Europe. Stonewall provides help and guidance aids for LGBT people including advice on coming out and terminologyFAQs for students in higher education, and community resources

Stonewall Diversity Champion

We have been a Stonewall Diversity Champion since our joining in August 2018. The Diversity Champions programme is the leading employers’ programme for ensuring that all LGBT staff are accepted without exception in the workplace. Stonewall works with over 750 organisation in the UK and, like them, we share the belief in the power of a workplace that is truly equal.

Workplace Equality Index

With the support of the Diversity Champions programme, we will be able to assess our progress on LGBT equality through Stonewall’s benchmarking tool, the Workplace Equality Index (WEI). To participate in the index, employers demonstrate their work in ten areas of employment practice and policy, from HR policies to visibility of LGBT role models. As part of this, all staff from across the University were given the opportunity to complete an anonymous survey about their experiences of diversity and inclusion at work.

Our aim is to become a Top 100 LGBT+ Employer in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index by 2025. Following feedback form our first submission last year, along with the LGBT+ Staff Network and the Tran and non-Binary Staff Network, we have developed an institutional action plan that includes our LGBT+ equality actions for a number of areas of work.

Trans and Non-Binary Equality Policy Statement 

This policy statement sets outs our commitment to provide a positive working and learning environment free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation for trans and non-binary people. 

Staff networks

Our LGBT+ Staff Network and our TransNonbinary Staff Network meet reguraly and are open to all staff members. 

Other information

Advance HE Guidance on providing an inclusive environment for trans staff and student