We are delighted to announce that the University has been presented with a silver institutional Athena SWAN award that recognises our ongoing commitment to gender equality.

We’re now one of nine of an elite group of universities holding silver institution awards. This achievement marks significant progress since our first bronze award in 2008 and its renewal in 2012. The silver award recognises our University's significant and sustained record of activity and achievement in promoting gender equality and in addressing challenges in different disciplines

The silver award is also in recognition of the achievements of all of our award-winning departments.

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.

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.”

For further information click here.

Open@TUoS FlagOpen@TUoS Launch January 2016

Join Open@TUoS Launch (allies) 27 January

PVC Gill Valentine invites all staff to become a LGBT supporter via our new LGBT allies’ programme.

Open@TUoS is our way of inviting staff to become supporters (allies) of LGBT equality. We've worked with the LGBT staff network to come up with an approach that fits with Sheffield, and to make being a supporter as easy as possible. Wearing the rainbow lanyard and lapel badges is the most visible way of demonstrating your support for LGBT colleagues.

Anybody can become a supporter of Open@TUoS, whether you are heterosexual, transgender, bi, lesbian or gay, and it is up to you how involved you would like to be. Just follow the link below and you will be added to the mailing list and will receive updates and information about events.

We value and look forward to your support

Join the mailing list: click here.

StarPlus Pride

As part of the library's visible symbol of commitment to LGBT equality week, the University Library asked staff to list their favourite LGBT resources. To see the results, click here.

Juice Time to Change Campaign

The University’s Time to Change Pledge, Juice has provided a range of new and different activities over the coming months to help you look after both your mental and physical health.

To find out more about the activities on offer see the Juice Time to Change article.

Workplace Equality Index 2015

We are delighted that the University has been placed 43rd within the Stonewall Top 100 Employers for the Workplace Equality Index 2015! Our position is a huge improvement on our performance last year and demonstrates our commitment to continually enhance our support for LGBT employees.

To find out more see our Workplace Equality Index 2015 article.

SEED - Seeking Education Equality & Diversity

Next Year The University of Sheffield will be the first University In the United Kingdom to run SEED- Seeking Education Equality & Diversity

SEED is America's largest peer-led diversity programme and has been working with universities, schools and communities for 28 years to promote change and build capacity for more inclusive curricula and classrooms.

The series of workshop's will be facilitated by Dr Rachel van Duyvenbode from the School of English. The two-hourly workshops will look at a wide range of issues related to equality, diversity, inclusion, curricula and educational systems. The sessions will balance reflective content with group dialogue, and aim to stimulate and support you in your work for change.

There will be seven workshops starting on the 13th of January. You can find more information in Issue two of 'One Update' or via this Link

Black History Month - Singing Freedom

We are celebrating Black History Month with an event exploring resilience, resistance and song, in a collaboration between Stewart Campbell (University of Sheffield Concerts Producer) and Dr Rachel van Duyvenbode (University of Sheffield, School of English).

The role of music in the American Civil Rights Movement was an important one. Songs helped lift spirits and tell the story of the most powerful movement for social justice. Old songs with roots in the struggles of slavery of past generations were reinvented. New songs creatively emerged to fit the needs of modern oppression.

Bassist Gary Crosby, a pioneering jazz talent and one of the UK’s most important bandleaders brings his phenomenally talented young band Groundation to Sheffield. We will revisit the path to freedom, from 18th and 19th century slavery through to the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement. Join us as the people, the personalities and events are remembered and reimagined in stunning new jazz arrangements.

The performance takes place on Tuesday 21 October, 19:30 at Firth Hall. See here for more information on the event and how to book tickets.

Department of Archaeology achieves Bronze Award in Gender Equality Charter Mark

Congratulations go to the Department of Archaeology for achieving a Bronze Award in the Equality Challenge Unit's Gender Equality Charter Mark.

The Gender Equality Charter Mark is based upon the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter and aims to address gender inequality and underrepresentation in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The Bronze Award recognises the department's strong commitment to actions that will improve the representation, progression and success of both staff and students.

Head of Department, Dawn Hadley, commented on achieving the Bronze Award:                                                  
"I am delighted that we have received this recognition, and proud that we are the only Department of Archaeology in the country to be awarded a Gender Equality Charter Mark. The Bronze Award reflects the combined efforts of a team of staff and students who worked in partnership on the submission. We will continue to build on this success with the creation of a new equality and diversity committee, to ensure that our commitment to gender equality is maintained and enhanced, and we will strive to achieve a Silver Award and to continue to develop a positive working environment for all staff and students."

The Bronze Award is valid until 2017, but the ECU will provide the department with feedback on their submission in October which will give them an insight into how to achieve a Silver Award next time.

Now that the trial Charter has been successfully completed, with five universities and 17 departments achieving the Bronze Award, all institutions will be able to take part in the Charter in 2015.
For more information on the Equality Challenge Unit, visit www.ecu.ac.uk

Peter Tatchell - 'The Unfinished Battle for LGBT Rights in the UK.'

Peter Tatchell, Human Rights Campaigner and Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, will speak at a lecture on Tuesday 1st July, 7.30pm at St George's Lecture Theatre. The event is hosted by The Sheffield Humanist Society in association with the University, and will focus on religious exemption to anti-discriminatory laws; sex and relationship education for LGBT students; homophobic bullying in schools; restrictions on blood donation; non-recognition of sexual orientation for asylum requests; legal disparities between the countries of the UK regarding hate speech and more.
For further information and to register, see the event page.

Sheffield Pride 2014

Sheffield Pride is taking place on Saturday 28th June, from 2-9pm on Devonshire Green. The University has now sponsored Sheffield Pride for five consecutive years, and to celebrate the Rainbow Flag will be raised on Friday 27th June at Firth Court. See the University Sheffield Pride page to find out more.

This year Pride will have a family friendly atmosphere featuring live entertainment, children’s activities, fairground rides and a dance arena. The parade is themed to represent LGBT equality through the colours of the rainbow, and will start from Tudor Square at 1.30pm, proceeding towards Devonshire Green via Surrey Street, Barkers Pool and Division Street. For further information, including ticket prices, see the Sheffield Pride website.

Disabled Staff Network - Consultation

A disabled Staff Network is being launched, organised by individual staff members and run for the benefit of staff.
The Network aims to bring together members of the University community with a physical or mental impairment, (either declared or undeclared) in an informal and relaxed way, in order to meet each other, gain or offer support, participate in social activities, and share experiences
The first Network event will be a consultation on Thursday 5th June, 12-2pm, in the Council Chamber in the Octagon. This is an opportunity for staff with a disability to meet over tea and coffee to talk about the network's aims, make plans for forthcoming activities, and discuss how the Network might work with the University.
If you would like to attend, please e-mail staffdisnet@sheffield.ac.uk

Pinknic - Sunday 25th May

Pinknic, Sheffield’s biggest free LGBT event, will this year take place on Sunday 25th May, 11am to 5pm on Devonshire Green. This event, which is hosted by LGBT Sheffield and supported by the University, brings together family and friends of the LGBT community in Sheffield for fun, food and entertainment, this year as part of the Sheffield Food Festival. For more information and to sign up as a volunteer, see the Sheffield Pinknic website.

IDAHOT 2014 (International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia)

On Saturday May 17th two events will be taking place in Sheffield to mark IDAHOT 2014, a day to raise awareness of the impact of prejudice and discrimination on the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people across the world. The events are:
5.30pm - 6pm - Peace Gardens - Featuring guest speakers and a 'one minute noise'
7 - 10.30pm - Millenium Gallery - 'Live late event' held in Millenium Gallery will include music, talks, theatre and arts activities from the Sheena Amos Youth Trust, ending with the Big Bingo show.

To find out more see IDAHOT on the Gay Sheffield webpages.

LGBT Ball - Friday 23rd May

On Friday 23rd May Sheffield's first LGBT Ball will take place in City Hall Ballroom, hosted by Sheffield Pride and the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce. The evening is held in support of the Sheena Amos Youth Trust and will feature food, company and entertainment including Out Aloud, Sheffield's first gay choir.
The University has been nominated for the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce Award for Celebrating Diversity, to be announced at the Ball. We have been nominated by a sample of the LGBT community for our efforts to promote equal opportunities and diversity throughout the University and support for our LGBT community.

For further information including ticketing, see the LGBT Ball webpages.

Athena SWAN Awards - November 2013 submissions

We are proud to announce the University has achieved eight new Athena SWAN awards. Congratulations go to the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering on their Silver award and to our seven new Bronze award departments: Departments of Biomedical Science, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, the School of Clinical Dentistry and the School of Mathematics and Statistics. To find out more please visit our University Athena SWAN page.

Disability Week: 31st March-4th April

Disability Week takes place on the 31st March-4 April and the Disabled Students' Committee have arranged a week of awareness raising events around campus. See here for the weeks' schedule and follow @ShefUniDSC for all the latest updates.

Hidden Perspectives: 'Faith and Family'

Tom Reaney, LGBT Staff Network Secretary, will be chairing the LGBT and Faith discussion group as part of Hidden Perspectives, which is a series of monthly discussions based around the theme of religion and sexuality.

The discussion on Wednesday 19 March 7-9pm in the Multifaith Gathering Room (Octagon), will focus on 'Faith and Family.' All are welcome to join the group for an informal and friendly discussion.

To find out more, see the Hidden Perspectives blog.

International Women's Day - 8th March

To mark International Women's Day 2014 the Students' Union is holding International Women's Week, running from Monday 3rd to Friday 8th March. The week will include a series of events, workshops and films to celebrate the lives and achievements of women world-wide, including a Women's Public Speaking Training Session, literary workshops and a gender-reversed production of 'Juliet and Romeo.'

A University event to mark International Women's Day will be held on Friday 7th March, in which all staff will be able to join the discussion using the twitter hashtag #TUoSWomen.

See the full International Women's Week listings and profiles of University staff featured in the Guardian as part of Ada Lovelace day.

Mental Health Event - Saturday 8th March

The Sheffield University Psychiatry Society is holding an event on 8th March entitled 'Medicine, Madness and the Media' which is a day long-event to raise awareness and share personal stories of individuals affected by mental health.

Throughout the morning 3 guest speakers will talk on the theme of mental health and the media, and during the afternoon the Society will hold the first ever Medfest event, which is an international film festival featuring short films, clips and animations about aspects of health, mental illness and medicine in general. This will be followed by a panel discussion.

To find out more and to register, see the event page.

Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2014

Stonewall Diversity ChampionWe are delighted that we have been placed in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers for the Workplace Equality Index 2014. This is the first time that we have been placed in the Stonewall Top 100, which recognises the most LGB inclusive organisations in the UK, and our rank of 82nd is an improvement of 24 places on our performance in the 2013 Index.

For further information see the Press Release and the Equality & Diversity webpages.

Portrait of a Woman Prize

PortraitFrances Bell has been announced as the first winner of the University of Sheffield Portrait of a Woman Prize.
Frances Bell trained in the Classical tradition in Florence at Charles Cecil Studios from 2001 to 2004. Her work has been displayed in various exhibitions including The Not The Turner Prize Exhibition in 2004 and The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition from 2005-2013.

"I am very honoured to be selected for the University of Sheffield Portrait of a Woman Prize" said Frances.

"I agree that the visibility of women in university and academic life needs to improve, and that the nomination of Gillian Gehring to sit for a public portrait is a great place to start. I am much looking forward to starting the painting." 

Access all Areas - Friday 22nd November

StudentsOn Friday 22nd November the Sheffield Students' Union Disabled Students' Committee are teaming up with Estates to hold an open forum in which any students are able to share any problems and ask questions around access across the University.

Members of the senior staff in the University have also been challenged to spend the day in a wheelchair to experience the issues which disabled people face every day.

For further information see the event Facebook page.

Pinknic - Sheffield's first 'pink picnic'

pinknicSheffield’s very first pink picnic, the Sheffield Pinknic, will be held in Weston Park on Sunday 15 September. This free event, sponsored by the University, is aimed at all LGBT communities in Sheffield. Drop in from 12 noon to 7pm for an afternoon of entertainment, food, drink, and community.

Our sponsorship of the Pinknic is part of our continued support for LGBT equality across the University, which most recently included flying the flag for Sheffield Pride.

For more information see http://www.gaysheffield.co.uk/news/sheffield-pinknic/

Ada Lovelace Day - 15th October

WomenThe annual Ada Lovelace Day celebrates the achievements of women in the fields of Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths around the world.

This day aims to raise the global profile of women in STEM, and we are marking the occasion by celebrating our female academics in STEM across the University.

Find our more on the University News Pages and read our female academics' stories on the Guardian website.

Sheffield Pride 2013

PrideThe University is sponsoring Sheffield Pride for the 4th consecutive year.

This year Sheffield Pride takes place on Saturday 6th July in Barkers Pool and Devonshire Green. The event, which celebrates the LGBT community in the city of Sheffield, kicks off with a free community event in Barkers Pool from 1pm featuring stalls and live entertainment. This is followed by a ticketed event in Devonshire Green with headline acts and a carnival!

For more details and to get involved see our Sheffield Pride 2013 pages and the official Sheffield Pride website.

Gay by Degree 2013/14

GBDThe Stonewall Gay by Degree University Guide is for lesbian, gay and bisexual prospective students to help them choose a University that will welcoming and supportive University.

Universities are scored against a ten-point checklist of things they should have in place such as a homophobic bullying, networks and LGBT events and sexual orientation monitoring.

We are pleased that the University has retained its 9/10 ranking on the 10 point checklist. This sends a strong message to all prospective students that the University actively considers the welfare of LGBT staff and students. The University is one of only 5 Russell Group Universities to score 9 or 10/10.

For further information see Gay by Degree.

Athena SWAN Awards

asOur Athena SWAN University Bronze Award has been renewed for a further 3 years, until April 2016. In addition, Animal & Plant Sciences received a departmental Silver Award and the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) was awarded Bronze.

To find out more see our Athena SWAN webpages.

LGBT Consultation

On May 16th 2013 a consultation took place with members of our LGBT Staff Network and LGBT Student Committee.

This gave us the opportunity to discuss our progress as a University, and what our focus should be in the coming months and years.

The discussions will now feed into our action plans to build on our University wide support for both LGBT staff and students whilst being mindful of the views of the LGBT University community.

To find out more see LGBT at the University.

Hidden Perspectives

HiddenHidden Perspectives is a ground-breaking project which aims to challenge the assumptions made by mainstream readings of the Bible to explore the implications for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who can feel alienated by interpretations of the text.
This was launched on 11 April 2013 with the first major event being a daylong festival on Saturday 1 June. For further information see the Hidden Perspectives University webpages.

Storying LGBT @ TUoS

smallOur LGBT staff and students have appeared in a film focusing on their experiences of being out and proud in the University and the city of Sheffield.

'Storying LGBT @ TUoS' was launched at an event in February 2013 as part of LGBT History Month, and was attended by external guests and staff and students across the University. To watch our film and find out more about the event see our Storying LGBT webpages.

Research Fortnight

RFThe University has appeared in a Research Fortnight article discussing our recent performance in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2013, in light of the recent RCUK 'Statement of Expectations for Equality and Diversity'. The statement outlines that RCUK would like those organisations which receive funding to show evidence of progress in the areas of Equality and Diversity. We discuss this statement with regards to Stonewall and our LGBT work, including the Staff Network.

Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2013

smallThe University is pleased to announce it has been ranked 106 out of almost 400 organisations from many sectors entering the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2013. This is an improvement of 25 places since our last submission in 2011, and in a record year where the number of organisations entering continues to rise.
For further information on our submission and work for LGBT staff and students please see our Workplace Equality Index Results page.

REF 2014 Equalities and Diversity Training

REFIn line with the University's REF2014 Code of Practice, the University expects all Units of Assessment (UOAs) to be open, transparent and clear in their processes for staff selection. It is a requirement of HEFCE that all individuals responsible for making staff recommendations be provided with tailored training on equality and diversity.

Human Resources have made available an online REF equalities and diversity training tool for this purpose. All staff that will be involved in staff selection must undertake this training prior to any selection recommendations being made. The training takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, and can be accessed via the Learning Management System. A log will be kept of who has successfully completed the training. Following the training, staff involved in making selections are welcome to discuss any specific concerns or issues with their Faculty HR Manager.

All staff are welcome to complete the training, which has also been shared with the trade unions and the Equality Advisory Panel. For further information about the REF, please see the University's REF2014 webpages.

Portrait of a Woman

portraitThe achievements of inspirational women across the University are being celebrated with an exhibition of portraits set to travel throughout the University campus over the next year.

Nominations were called for over summer 2012 for women with inspirational life stories achievements to be celebrated with specially commissioned portraits to be displayed in pride of place around the University. The portraits will hang in the University's Firth Hall before visiting different locations throughout campus and will culminate in one woman being selected to have a professional portrait painted and permanently displayed in Firth Hall.

The exhibition was opened by the Vice Chancellor at an event held in late 2012.

To find out more and to view the online exhibition see our Portrait of a Woman webpages.