LGBT+ Student Group

A space for LGBT+ students in the mathematical sciences to come together and discuss challenges they face or may face at university in a safe environment. Staff involved in equality, diversity, and inclusion work can also advertise opportunities, provide encouragement, and support applications.

The Pride flag hanging outside Firth Court.

The School of Mathematics and Statistics founded its LGBT+ student group as a place for LGBT+ students in the mathematical sciences to network. In addition to a support structure, this group gives LGBT+ students in the School an environment to fully be themselves.

Due to the nature of the group, it is important to note that students can join this group in whichever level of openness or anonymity they like. Not even active members can see who else is in the group. This aspect is particularly important when it comes to students who are still figuring things out or come from a background where attitudes towards LGBT+ rights are less positive. 

The group was founded by Dr Mark Yarrow, who came to the University of Sheffield as a PhD student in 2015 and became a permanent member of staff in summer 2019. As well as teaching courses on probability and statistics, Mark’s primary role is as the Executive Editor for the Applied Probability Trust, a charity that facilitates the publishing of research in the area of applied probability via two world leading journals, Advances in Applied Probability and the Journal of Applied Probability. The APT has been based in the School of Mathematics and Statistics since its creation in the 1960s. In addition to the work Mark undertakes in the School, he has co-chaired the University’s Staff LGBT+ Network since July 2020.

Students who are interested in joining the LGBT+ Student Group should look out for emails at the start of each semester or email Mark for more details. We asked Mark a few questions about the group’s activities, which you can read in a Q&A below: