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
Purpose of the Committee
- To plan and deliver a programme of activities that reflects the needs and interests of LGBT+ staff (inc post grads) in the university
- To be a point of contact and provide a safe and confidential space for LGBT+ staff across the University and to represent their interests where needed. The network is fully inclusive of bi+ people and trans people - including non-binary people, trans men and trans women
- To reflect on Network and University developments regarding LGBT+ issues, and proactively plan future work
- To inform LGBT+ staff of information and updates to the University policies that are pertinent to them
- To work with the University to create an inclusive and diverse working environment
- To create links and work with similar networks, such as the student LGBT+ Committee
- To represent the University at relevant events and meetings, including external
- The Chair, Deputy Chair and Secretary will normally serve for a period of two years. This term can be extended with agreement by the majority of the steering group and only when no candidates are proposed
- Elections to be held a the Annual General Meeting in May
- The Chair and Deputy Chair to be elected on alternate years to ensure continuity of committtee organisation and to manage handovers
- The committee will meet a minimum of 4 times a year
- The AGM will take place every May, including appropriate elections (Chair & Secretary or Deputy Chair)
- Dates and times will be organised by the Chair. Meeting days will be rotated to ensure part-time staff are able to attend
- The Chair will organise the agenda and the Secretary will take minutes
Committee Member Responsibilities
- Attend at least 50% of the committee meetings (pro-rata basis)
- Assist with the organisation of at least event or activity
- Hold one other key responsibility (e.g LGBT+ History Month Coordinator)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or just want a friendly ear to talk to, please feel free in confidence to contact:
Matthew Mears on email@example.com
For latest information, please follow us on Twitter @TUoSLGBT or follow the hashtag #rainbowlanyard
LGBT+ History Month, February 2019
The Network is hosting a range of events to celebrate LGBT+ History Month
LGBT+ History Month, February 2018
The network hosted a variety of events open to all staff throughout February.
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.
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