Induction Message from Senior LGBT+ Champion

Induction messageI am Professor Gill Valentine, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transgender (LGBT+) Champion for the University of Sheffield. My role involves championing LGBT+ staff at all levels of the institution and representing views to the University Executive Board, in order to raise the profile of LGBT+ equality in the University. I also listen to concerns or ideas to improve what the University can offer to enhance the experiences of our LGBT+ staff and students.

At the University we work to create an inclusive environment where staff and students can be themselves, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and where diversity is valued by all. Much of our equality work is focused around raising awareness and providing support for LGBT+ staff and students. Our LGBT+ activity is a result of the efforts of many people across the University collaborating to make this a remarkable place to work and study. We aim to send the message that this University is a place where everyone will be supported to reach their potential.

Our LGBT+ activity has grown in strength over the past few years. We support local organisations during Pride season; this was marked for the first time in 2013 by the flying of the Rainbow Flag outside Firth Court as a visible symbol of support for the LGBT+ community in the University and the wider city of Sheffield. The University is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall (the LGBT charity), and in 2019 we were named as a Stonewall Top 100 Employer for the sixth consecutive year, which recognised our continued efforts to enhance our support and facilities for LGBT+ staff and students, alongside wider collaborations with the city and sector to improve LGBT+ inclusiveness across the community.

At the University we have an LGBT+ Staff Network which offers a space where all LGBT+ staff can come together to access support and advice. The Network holds events and socials across the year with a range of activities for LGBT+ History Month held in February, which are open to all LGBT+ staff across the University. We have also ensured that all University policies are LGBT+ inclusive, and introduced a set of Transgender Guiding Principles (see downloads).

If you would like to find out more about the Network or attend a meeting, please see the Staff Network webpages.

To find out more about wider equality at the University and relevant policies, see the Equality & Diversity webpages.

If you have any questions about our Equality work or would like to get involved, please contact the Equality & Diversity team ( or the LGBT+ Staff Network (