LGBT+ Inclusion

We continue to strive to be a truly inclusive university to provide an open and supportive environment for our LGBT+ staff and students, and to remove the barriers, stigma and prejudice they may face. We do this through a combination of benchmarking, policy review, campaigns and collegial initiatives across the institution.

Professor Gill Valentine, Provost & Deputy Vice-Chancellor, is the University’s senior LGBT+ champion.


To help us identify where we are doing well, and the areas where we need to do more work, we complete Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index - an annual benchmarking exercise. This includes an annual anonymous staff feedback questionnaire. We are a Stonewall Top 100 Employer for the seventh consecutive year, currently placed 11th - our highest ranking to date. We have also been recognised as a Stonewall Top Trans-Inclusive employer.

The WEI submission criteria includes policy, employment lifecycle, staff networks. Monitoring, procurement, community engagement and the student interface. It is curated and written by the HR EDI team.

Stonewall was not able to open the WEI for 2021 due to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the ability of many sectors and individual organisations to participate. The WEI will repeon for 2022 with a new structure and revised criteria

More information on Stonewall


Our LGBT+ allies initiative for staff, Open@TUoS, launched in January 2016 , is a collaborative initiative of the Staff Network and the HR EDI, as part of the University ethos that LGBT+ inclusion is everyone’s responsibility.
Any staff member, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity, is welcome to join and pledge their support for LGBT+ staff and students, and learn how to step up and become an active ally. HR EDI works in collaboration with the LGBT+ Staff Network to support this and provide supporter packs for staff who register. Since it began almost 3,000 staff supporters have signed up, but are always looking to increase this. The most visible way staff signal their support is through wearing the rainbow lanyard.

More information on Open@TUoS

LGBT+ Staff Network

We are proud to have an active LGBT+ Staff Network that works in partnership with the University to develop initiatives and plan actions to support our goal of creating a fully inclusive University that fosters a culture of respect and equality for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

The HR EDI team works to support the Network in the organisation of events, workshops and communication campaigns for key the awareness dates in the LGBT+ calendar. This includes visible campus initiatives that recognise LGBT+ History Month and Pride. We also support the Network at coffee mornings for new starters and through awareness raising at departmental events.

Our network recently won Network Group of the Year at the Stonewall regional awards ceremony for their outstanding work towards LGBT+ inclusion

More information on LGBT+ Staff Network

Trans support and guidance

We have been recognised as a Stonewall Top Trans-Inclusive employer for the past two years but recognise we still have more to do to incorporate trans inclusion into everyday practice. We continue to work with Gendered Intelligence, who have provided face-to-face trans equality training for over 170 staff to provide guidance on transgender terminology and language, and the legal and work-related issues that our trans colleagues may face. We are planning to run these via virtual or online sessions for 2020-2021.

Our Trans Guiding Principles is available to help inform and assist all staff. Now over two years old, we will be reviewing this for 2021-2022. If you would like to be involved in this process, please contact

Gender Neutral Toilets are available in The Diamond, Students' Union Building and 38 Mappin Street.

More information on Trans support

Role Models

Having visible LGBT+ role models can help others to develop a stronger sense of self and show that there should be no limits on who our LGBT+ staff and students can be and what they can achieve. Visibility can break down barriers and challenge misconceptions. We welcome expressions of interest from members of LGBT+ staff who wish to be profiled. If you would like to be included please contact

LGBT+ Role Models

Report + Support

Harassment, abuse, bullying, violence and discrimination have no place at our University. Such incidents can be reported on the University Report + Support online platform. Reports can also be made anonymously. A Dignity at Work toolkit is also available.