Award win for our LGBT+ Staff Network

Congratulations to the LGBT+ Staff Network for scooping winner of Network Group of the Year at the Stonewall regional awards ceremony (Yorkshire & Humberside) last week (Thursday 16 May 2019).

LGBT+ Staff Network award

James Gregory-Monk, Deputy Chair of the LGBT+ Staff Network said: "We are delighted to have been recognised by Stonewall as Network Group of the Year. Through our work with the other staff networks at the University and within the city, we are ensuring that our network represents the diversity of LGBT+ people that live and work here in Sheffield. We could not have done this without the support of our Open@TUoS allies, and we are very grateful for their continued support."

Through our work with the other staff networks at the University and within the city, we are ensuring that our network represents the diversity of LGBT+ people that live and work here in Sheffield.

James Gregory-Monk, Deputy Chair, lgbt+ staff network

Professor Gill Valentine, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior LGBT+ Champion, said: “Thank you to Dr Matt Mears and James Gregory-Monk, the LGBT+ network and everyone involved in progressing LGBT+ inclusion at our University. Over the last 30 years there has been real and positive change in relation to equality and diversity in the workplace and our University has been at the forefront of many innovative initiatives to enable LGBT+ staff and students to reach their full potential.”

The awards recognise the outstanding work of local organisations towards LGBT+ inclusion. This year, the Yorkshire & Humberside region has emerged as a powerhouse for LGBT+ equality, with 50 per cent of all submissions to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2019 placed in the top 100. And earlier this year we were proud to be named as a Top 100 Employer in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index for the sixth consecutive year.

The focus of this year’s event was on bi-inclusion and included a workshop session on the importance of bi-visibility and bi-representation. This included information on how to make the workplace more bi inclusive through improvement in policy, terminology and supporting bi calendar awareness events, bi community groups and having visible bi role models.

Sarah Shahid, Bi representative on the LGBT+ staff network said: “I know I am safe to be bi at the University. I feel supported and valued, with the freedom to be me and can work without having to worry about phobic comments”.

Our LGBT+ staff network allows 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.

The network has been instrumental in bringing together our LGBT+ allies with the Open@TUoS rainbow lanyard campaign. Rainbow lanyards are the most visible way the University brings together and works collaboratively with LGBT+ supporters and allies to progress LGBT+ equality.


LGBT+ staff network

LGBT+ staff network

The LGBT+ staff 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.

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