Sport & Exercise

LGBT+ Inclusion Action Plan

One of our core values is that we are Open to Everybody, no matter of age, race, ability, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic and we strive to live by this value each day. However, we know we can always learn and improve

Following the feedback gathered through our LGBT+ History Month 2021 survey, an “insights” session run by representatives from the SU Inclusion Committee and a meeting between our Assistant Director and the University Staff Pride Network we have created 5 step LGBT+ inclusion action plan. This plan outlines the steps Sport & Exercise will take, to do all we can, to ensure that the LGBT+ community feels they can enjoy all the opportunities to stay active, and all the benefits that brings, that we offer.

LGBT+ Inclusion Action Plan

What we will continue to do

  • All staff members to sign up to the University Dignity and Respect Policy
  • All recruiters to complete unconscious bias training before taking part in any recruitment activity
  • In the strongest possible terms, combat discrimination, harassment or victimisation against any person through our user code of conduct and terms and condition of use.
  • Participate in events and campaigns to support the University Equality and Diversity Strategy
  • Include value based questions in all recruitment interviews and staff annual reviews
  • Engage and champion inclusion in reviews of local, national and international guidance on competition
  • To work within the compass of the Corporate Services Group’s EDI Committee and Action Plan, as well as engage actively with Staff Pride Network and EU’s Inclusion Committee for specific guidance and support on LGBT+ matters.

Short term Actions

Feedback Theme Action Completed by Responsible Actioned by Review date
Visibility of support & awareness

Sport & Exercise will update the organisation email signature template with guidance on a standard way of adding the pronouns an individual would like to be identified with, if the individual wishes to do so

Sport & Exercise staff offered the opportunity to have Rainbow lanyards.

Promote the Staff Pride Network in Sport & Exercise internal communications

Sport & Exercise Marketing Team Head of Marketing and Membership 30/05/21 and then ongoing 30/11/21
Visibility of support & awareness Sport & Exercise will ensure all staff members complete EDI training within 3 months of employment. Sport & Exercise will also identify and implement an annual refresher training course for all staff. Sport & Exercise Line Managers Learning and Development Manager 30/05/21 and then ongoing 30/11/21
Visibility of support & awareness Sport & Exercise will review our webpages / booking sites to check gender neutral terms used / available Sport & Exercise Marketing Team /IT/Partners Head of Marketing and Membership 30/05/21 and then ongoing 30/11/21

Medium Term Actions

Feedback Theme Action Completed by Responsible Actioned by Review date
Imagery/Branding in facilities Review upcoming branding / imagery / campaign opportunities and put plan in place to ensure further diversity Sport & Exercise Marketing Team Head of Marketing and Membership

Review/plan by 31/07/21

Implementation there after
30/11/21

Long Term Actions

Feedback theme Action Completed by Responsible Actioned by Review date
Gender Neutral, Unisex, Cubicle changing facilities Commission a review of changing facilities in current and future Sport & Exercise facilities. Sport & Exercise Operations Teams Director of Sport and Assistant Director - Operations Review commissioned by 31/10/21 31/01/21