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University moves up 80 places in Stonewall Equality Index 2020

The results from the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2020 have been announced and the University has moved up an impressive 80 places.

As part of the University's Stonewall Workplace Equality submission, staff were invited to complete a dedicated survey in September last year, as a way for the University to understand what we do well and less well in terms of promoting LGBT+ equality and an inclusive workplace.

Over 500 employers across the UK took part in the 2020 Index, and the University has moved up 80 places, now ranked at 121st.

This result is testament of the hard work put into the University’s policies, practice and culture by the HR Equality, Diversity & Inclusion team, the Staff Pride (LGBT+) Network and other individuals and departments across the University.

Next steps

In line with our people-focussed and values-driven Strategy 2030, we are committed to providing an inclusive environment in which all of our staff feel valued and respected. The University will continue to collaborate with staff to make improvements based on the feedback received. 

The University has also set its sights on being named one of the top 100 employers in 2021.

As we continue to strive to be a truly inclusive environment, I’m delighted that our efforts have been recognised through our increased ranking in the Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index. While this focusses on the experience of our LGBT+ staff, the impact of our progress is wider, influencing all of our community. I’d like to thank all staff and students across the University who are so actively engaged in promoting LGBT+ equality and inclusion in so many ways - you contribute to making the University a vibrant place to study and work for all.

Sarah Cunningham-BurleyUniversity Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

This result is well-deserved and in 3 years is a jump of 200 places. We would like to highlight the work of all our volunteers, past and present, who deliver Staff Pride Network events, drive policy changes and support staff and PhD students to live their best lives. We continue to work with people across the University to improve equality, diversity and inclusion and welcome you to join us at February's LGBT+ history month events

Jonathan MacBride and Katie Nicoll BainesStaff Pride Network Committee Co-Chairs  

“I’m so proud of this increase! Well done and thanks to everyone across the University who has contributed. Great to see what happens when teams developing policy, delivering services and training, the Staff Pride Network, and the specialist EDI team in HR all work together. Now for the top 100…

James SavilleDirector of Human Resources

LGBT+ History Month

Next month (February) is LGBT+ History Month, and various events have been organised by the University’s Staff Pride Network. This includes the ‘We are Human’ Conference taking place on 21 February at the Informatics Forum, which focuses on raising awareness and discussing issues and challenges faced by LGBTQ+ staff and students. Find out more about the different events in the links below.

Related links

Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

Equality and Diversity

Staff Pride (LGBT+) Network

Staff Pride Network LGBT+ History Month Events