Welcome to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Staff Network.

The network enables LGBT staff to come together to share information, support and, by signalling a LGBT presence on campus, to ensure we maintain a comfortable and fully inclusive environment in which we can each reach our full potential without fear of discrimination.

The LGBT Network:

  • Provides a forum for networking and a means of peer support between LGBT staff
  • Offers the opportunity for colleagues from all areas of the University to inform and collaborate on LGBT action
  • Communicates information and updates to colleagues interested in LGBT matters
  • Offers a range of training and development opportunities
  • Liaises with other groups, e.g., staff and student societies, to share information
  • Provides information, confidential support and advice on sexual orientation or gender identity issues in response to queries from all colleagues across the University

The Network also provides a space to raise instances of bullying and harassment. If you feel you are facing bullying and harassment on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity, please contact the Network. Alternatively, find out the different routes to raise your concerns at Reporting bullying and harassment.

There are a number of e-learning courses covering a variety of different aspects of equality and diversity, as well as the expectations and responsibilities we share to maintain an inclusive culture such as gender matters and sexual orientation. For more information see equality and diversity.

The University’s strategy promises to “provide ambitious staff the opportunity to develop their talents and realise their dreams, drawing on the skills and potential of the widest possible range of colleagues to maximise the benefits of difference”. To learn more see development everywhere

Interested in fostering? Sheffield Fostering Service event 7 June 2016

The Sheffield Fostering Service is looking for individuals or families that would like to become foster carers for Sheffield children. They're holding a recruitment event at our University on Tuesday 7 June, 12.30 pm to 4.00 pm, Diamond Lecture Theatre 8.

There will be a 30 minute presentation starting 12.30pm followed by an opportunity to drop-in during the afternoon to ask questions and meet a couple of our experienced foster carers. There is no need to book in advance, just turn up if you are interested.

Sheffield Fostering Service is also holding an information evening on 21 June at the Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, S1 2EW 5.45pm - 8pm. Again, you are welcome to just come along. However, if you are unable to attend either session or want to know more, please contact the Fostering Service on 0114 2735075 or access the website at and the Fostering Service will be happy to assist you.

There are a whole range of children who need fostering. Sheffield Fostering Service is particularly interested in hearing from people who might be able to care for teenagers, as well as those who can keep brothers and sisters together or who can offer a child a home they can remain in throughout their childhood.

The children come from a range of backgrounds, ethnicity, culture, class and from different faiths. They need adults who can nurture, love and promote their education, health and safety and who can work to support their contact with their birth family.

Sheffield needs a range of carers who can meet the diverse needs of all these children.

Did you know that you can foster:

-Whether you are single, divorced or in a relationship or whether that relationship is with someone of the same or opposite sex.
-Whether you have a medical condition or disability so long as it is stable and does not affect your ability to care for a child.
-Whether you own your own home or rent your accommodation so long as your tenancy is stable.
-Whatever ethnic, cultural or religious background you come from.
-Whether you work in paid or unpaid employment, are not working or are retired.

If you'd like to learn more, we look forward to welcoming you to the events.

Please also look out for the promotional material in your department.

Information related to this message is available at

The Network meets formally four times a year, usually between 1pm and 2pm on campus to discuss Network progress and business. We also try to alternate between focussed meetings and open social gatherings where we can catch up over a cup of tea or coffee. All LGBT members of staff are welcome to come along.

We encourage and welcome suggestions for future network dates and would value your input to help shape the future of the group.

We warmly welcome all LGBT colleagues to the Network.

LGBT Staff Network Socials

Monday 11 April

12.00 - 1.30pm    Coffee & lunch social: Interval Cafe, Sheffield Students' Union

Thursday 21 April

5.00 - 7.00pm     After-work social: University Arms Pub, 197 Brook Hill

Tuesday 10 May

12.00 - 1.30pm   Coffee & lunch social: Chancellor's Room, Firth Court

Thursday 26 May

5.00 - 7.00pm     After-work social: University Arms Pub, 197 Brook Hill

Wednesday 15 June

12.00 - 1.30pm   Coffee & lunch social: Interval Cafe, Sheffield Students' Union

Friday 24 June

5.00 - 7.00pm     After-work social: University Arms Pub, 197 Brook Hill

Thursday 14 July

12.00 - 1.30pm    Coffee & lunch social: Interval Cafe, Sheffield Students' Union

Monday 25 July

5.00 - 7.00pm    After-work social: University Arms Pub, 197 Brook Hill

Friday 12 August

12.00 - 1.30pm   Coffee & lunch social: Interval Cafe, Sheffield Students' Union

Tuesday 23 August

  5.00 - 7.00pm     After-work social:  University Arms Pub, 197 Brook  Hill

Stonewall 2016

Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2016

University placed in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers for the third year

Our continued dedication to workplace equality means we have once again been placed in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list, the definitive list showcasing the best employers for lesbian, gay and bi staff.
Working with Stonewall is a way to measure our efforts to tackle discrimination and create an inclusive workplace for lesbian, gay and bisexual employees. As part of the Index, there is an anonymous staff feedback questionnaire. This year, Stonewall received 60,506 responses overall, making it one of the largest national employment surveys in Britain, with almost 12,000 responses from lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans staff. We’ll use key findings from this survey to help us continue to focus on LGBT equality.

The Index is becoming increasingly competitive with over 400 employers submitting entries this year, the highest number since it first opened in 2005. Our 2015 position was slightly higher at 43rd although our current ranking reflects our journey of improvement overall from 82nd place in 2014 and 106th in 2013 “I’m delighted that we have once again been named a Top 100 Employer by Stonewall. To be ranked in the top 100 for three years running is testimony to our ongoing and sustained commitment to equality and diversity, said Andrew Dodman, HR Director.

“We are always striving to create a remarkable place to work, and we do that by working in partnership with our staff and other stakeholders to promote and embed inclusivity in everything we do. I’m very proud of our work in this area, and LGBT equality will continue to be a focus within our wider equality agenda.”
Link to staff page

For further information click here.

We also have an LGBT Staff Network Google+ page, to network, discuss issues and share stories and resources.

Career development opportunities

The Sheffield Professional initiative helps to ensure that the University values the talent of our professional staff and enables them to develop key skills and experience working across boundaries. The Sheffield Professional webpage holds details of secondments and project opportunities, job swaps and work shadowing.

For latest news and opportunities follow The Sheffield Professional on Twitter @SUProfessional

Contact us

If you wish to know more about the network, or just want a friendly ear to talk to, please feel free in confidence to contact:

Network Chair:
Matthew Mears on

Founder Members:
Jackie Marsh on or
Nicky Hallett on

The group has its own Terms of Reference which includes its aims and objectives, and a confidentiality statement.

To join the network please email