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Welcome to the Lesbian, Gay, Bi 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.

LGBT+ Network Terms of Reference

  • To provide a forum for networking and a means of peer support between LGBT+ staff
  • To offer the opportunity for colleagues from all areas of the University to inform and collaborate on LGBT+ action
  • To communicate information and updates to colleagues interested in LGBT+ matters
  • Offers a range of training and development opportunities
  • Liaises with other groups and networks, 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

The Network works in partnership with management and staff at the University of Sheffield to create an inclusive and diverse working environment that encourages a culture of respect and equality for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Network committee 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. 

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.

As a network, we are inclusive of people with multiple identities, and we work with other staff networks to collaborate on areas such as gender, race and disability.

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

For latest information, please follow us on Twitter @TUoSLGBT or follow the hashtag #rainbowlanyard

Recent Events

LGBT+ History Month, February 2019

The Network is hosting a range of events to celebrate LGBT+ History Month

Book your place

LGBT+ History Month, February 2018

The network hosted a variety of events open to all staff throughout February.

Read more

Pride 2017


We sponsored Pride Sheffield in 2017 and showed our support to this annual city-wide event. We jointly hosted a stall with our student LGBT+ Committee and had a fantastic day talking to members of the LGBT+ community, their friends, families and allies.

Visual support for LGBT+ equality and inclusion was demonstrated on campus by flying the rainbow flag at Firth Court, decorating the concourse with rainbow pillar wraps and a comprehensive Twitter campaign.

Members of the network also featured in a short video, talking about the importance of Pride and what it means to them.

Watch the video

Support for Staff

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 & 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

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