Let's celebrate our diverse community with pride

We were proud to sponsor Pride Sheffield at the weekend and show our support by flying the rainbow flag at Firth Court and decorating the concourse with rainbow pillar wraps.

The LGBT Staff Network and LGBT+Student Network hosted a stall at the event, which took place at Endcliffe Park on Saturday 29 July:

Staff at Pride Sheffield

dogs at Pride Sheffield

James Gregory at Pride Sheffield

Rachel Collier-Wilson at Pride Sheffield

To celebrate we've been reflecting on how we show our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion on campus and beyond, and we spoke to colleagues about what Pride means to them:

Our continued commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion meant that in January this year we were named as a top 100 employer for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff for the fourth year running in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index.

From 2018, the Stonewall Index will include trans related questions for the first time. We are reviewing our policy language to ensure our policies are fully LGBT inclusive, and have a draft trans policy which we hope to launch in the new academic year.

Creating an open and inclusive environment at our University, where people can be themselves, is everyone's responsibility.

Professor Gill Valentine

Professor Gill Valentine, Vice-President and Head of Faculty for Socials Sciences and Senior LGBT Champion said: “Creating an open and inclusive environment at our University, where people can be themselves, is everyone's responsibility and something we can all be very proud of.

“When people come together with different views, approaches, insights and experiences, it leads to richer, more creative and innovative teaching and research and an improved student experience. That’s why our emphasis on building diverse teams and creating an environment where everybody feels welcome and able to bring their whole selves to work, and our continued focus on LGBT equality is so important.”

Rainbow pillar on concourse

New training for all staff 

Transgender awareness

Our trans equality training provides guidance on transgender terminology, language and etiquette; social, legal and work-related issues that trans colleagues can encounter; what gender reassignment means for people; what constitutes discrimination; the equality act; and data protection.

To take the training log into MUSE, open My Services and then MOLE. Click here to enroll 

You’ll arrive at enrol in organisation: hur - e-learning resources. Click submit, click OK to continue. You’ll see several training options, select Transgender Awareness.

On being open, sincere and honest

Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon is a school role model for Stonewall

"Since I joined, I have been invited by various schools to talk to young people about being a member of the LGBTQ community, particularly as a female lesbian engineer. I recently visited Queen's School in Chester, where I had an amazing conversation with year 12 students. As in every school I have been to, pupils asked me very thoughtful, probing and challenging questions.

“I believe that in order to make our society more inclusive, we all have the responsibility to be open, sincere and honest. Of course, answering what often are very personal questions is scary, for sure, however, the only way to achieve normalisation is when we all stop seeing 'difference' as something we have to hide or be ashamed of."

Elena Rodriguez-Falcon

Anastasios Asimakopoulos and colleagues

On being an Open@TUOS supporter

Anastasios Asimakopoulos, English Language Teaching Centre

“I became an Open@TUOS supporter to make my commitment to LGBT issues more visible to my colleagues and students in ELTC. It's very important for me as a teacher to promote values that are part of the practices and discourse of our highly internationalised academic culture, values such as openness, inclusivity and equitability. Since joining Open@TUOS, I've become more confident in discussing LGBT issues and including them as a topic in my reading lessons in order to challenge heteronormativity in the classroom.”