Storying LGBT @ TUoS

Testimonials from Students and Staff

During Autumn 2012, current students and members of staff at The University of Sheffield came together to create an inspiring and heart-felt short film about their experiences of being LGBT here at Sheffield.

The project began as a collaboration between the LGBT Staff Network and the LGBT Student Committee to create a film documenting the experiences of LGBT students and staff at the University.

Questions ranging from 'What was it like coming out?' to 'What is it like being out and studying/working at the University?' were put to our volunteers in the hopes that it will provide people with an understanding of who we are, the challenges we face (both past and present) and to help new and prospective students and staff gain an insight into the LGBT Community at the University and the wider city of Sheffield.

You can watch all the individual films from this page.

VCStorying LGBT @ TUoS was launched at an event held on Thursday 28th February, 2013 as part of LGBT History Month, giving staff and students, both internal and external to the University the opportunity to view the film, network and take part in discussions.

In his opening speech Professor Sir Keith Burnett paid tribute to those who appeared in the film and emphasised the importance of sharing and celebrating individual stories in creating an open and inclusive environment.

Simon Fanshawe, co-founder of Stonewall gave a keynote address which focused on the importance of support for LGBT staff and students in the University context:

'Leadership here welcomes people whoever they are. The educational rationale is about universities being places where we learn. The question is about how we create diversity that leads to better education. As Einstein said, great minds don't think alike. The great prize is diversity that drives educational value.'

A lively panel discussion took place in which Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, Professor Jackie Marsh, Jane Wright (head of the Irwin Mitchell diversity group IMEqual) and Neale Gibson (Labour Councillor for Walkley) answered questions posed by audience members related to LGBT issues including playground bullying, sexuality and religion and the potential for an LGBT Centre in Sheffield. Jane Wright also made a strong business case for LGBT support within organisations. The rich discussion will feed into future LGBT action planning at the University.

We would like to hear your feedback on the film and suggestions for future LGBT action across the University. To tell us about any aspect of LGBT life at the University we can celebrate or improve, please contact Julie Campbell on j.l.campbell@sheffield.ac.uk.