University ranked in the top 100 in Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2014
Our position of 82 is an improvement by 24 places on our 2013 entry, and is a significant achievement given the increasingly competitive entries from organisations within a variety of sectors.
To achieve our goals, we want people, regardless of sexual orientation or any other equality characteristic, to work together to create and be part of a fully inclusive university community. In developing our 2014 submission an LGBT Project Group consulted with colleagues across the University to discuss support for LGBT staff and students and identify opportunities to work collaboratively in the future to build on our inclusive culture. These discussions fed into our LGBT Action Plan which outlines University wide action to improve our facilities and support.
The submission outlined the developments in our LGBT activity over the past year, including the successful launch of Storying LGBT@TUoS, our film in which staff and students share their experiences of being out and proud at the University, the flying of the rainbow flag outside Firth Court to coincide with our fourth consecutive sponsorship of Sheffield Pride, and our consultation event held in July 2013 with LGBT staff and students, in which discussions were held around how the University could improve our support for the LGBT community.
In January 2014, the University hosted the first Stonewall Yorkshire and Humber Workplace Equality Index Awards which celebrated the achievements of regional Diversity Champions based on their performance in the 2014 Index. The event provided the opportunity to share good practice with Diversity Champions and showcase our LGBT developments over the past year. We are proud to have hosted this event which recognises our commitment to LGBT equality throughout the University.
For further information and to get involved in LGBT action, see the LGBT Staff Network, LGBT Student Committee and the Equality & Diversity webpages. Additionally, see Stonewall and the Workplace Equality Index 2014.