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

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

Network Chair:
Matthew Mears on

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

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

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

Wednesday 21 September 2016

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

Tuesday 11 October 2016

12.00 - 1.30pm   Coffee & lunchtime social: Room A85 Richard Roberts Building

Thursday 27 October 2016

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

Wednesday 9 November 2016

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

Friday 25 November 2016

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

Monday 12 December 2016

5.00 -7.00pm     After-work Christmas social: University Arms, 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