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

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Stonewall Survey open for ALL staff

Dear Colleague

We are currently ranked in Stonewalls Top 100 workplace for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) equality for three years running. To help identify where we’re doing well, and the areas we need to do more work on, we complete an annual benchmarking exercise, and we also ask staff to fill in a survey seeking views about how well we support LGBT equality

This survey only takes about five minutes to complete, and is open to all staff. The information you provide is entirely anonymous and will go directly to Stonewall’s Workplace team and not the University. Once your feedback is collected and analysed, only aggregated scores are shared with us.

Last year we had a fantastic response to the survey, and we would really like to encourage you to please fill it in. To participate, please click on the link below and type in the four digit code, which is unique to the University of Sheffield.


The University of Sheffield four digit code: 1699

The survey closes on Friday 4th November.

LGBT activities have worked hard over the past year to create an inclusive and open community. The University held its first LGBT STEMinar in January which will be repeated; we our launch of Open@TUoS allies initiative, which offers a clear and visible signal to our LGBT community that our University supports LGBT equality, with a current membership of 850 staff signed up to this; we sponsored Sheffield Pinknic and Pride over the Summer and showed our support by flying the Rainbow flag outside Firth Hall and decorating the Arts Tower windows in the rainbow colours and we started our new academic year spending some in the Student’s Union where new students in particular were very positive and encouraged by this work.

If you would like to find out more about Open@TUoS or any of our equality, diversity and inclusion work, see

A staff announcement will shortly be sent out asking ALL staff to participate in completing the survey.

Best wishes

Professor Gill Valentine, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Social Sciences, Senior LGBT Champion

Mr Andrew Dodman, Chief HR & Corporate Officer

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

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