Top 100 ranking for LGBT+ equality
We have been named as a top 100 employer for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff for the fifth year running by Stonewall, moving up 64 places to achieve our highest ever ranking of 24th.
This achievement is testimony to the sustained commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion made by colleagues across the University. Working with Stonewall is a way to measure our efforts to tackle discrimination and create an inclusive workplace for lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees.
We are proud to have an active LGBT+ Staff Network that works in partnership with the University to encourage a culture of respect and equality for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Our Staff Network is inclusive of all identities and members of the Network recently voted strongly in favour of changing to the LGBT+ Network to better represent the diverse community.
The University of Sheffield’s Senior Diversity Champion, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Gill Valentine, said: “At the University of Sheffield we actively champion equality, diversity and inclusion, which has helped us to create an open, inclusive environment for everyone, including LGBT+ staff and students. To have risen up the rankings this year is extremely pleasing and is testament to the people who work at the University making it such a remarkable place to work, so I’m delighted to be part of an institution with such a diverse and inclusive community.
“Equality is a hugely important issue for me personally. I believe people should be accepted for whoever they are and they should be able to bring their whole selves to work in a warm and welcoming environment.”
Darren Towers, Executive Director, Stonewall said: "The University of Sheffield and all those who have made this year’s Top 100 Employers list have done a fantastic job. Taking part in our Index shows real commitment to understanding and advancing LGBT equality. This year, for the first time, the Index looked at what employers were doing for trans equality in the workplace. This work is crucial. We recently published LGBT in Britain: Trans Report, which revealed the profound inequality facing trans people in Britain today. Half of trans people have hidden their identity at work for fear of discrimination. This must change and it’s encouraging to see so many organisations make a commitment to trans equality. With their support and hard work we can create a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees are welcomed and accepted without exception.”
Our Stonewall account manager, Josh Willacy, said: “It is brilliant to see The University of Sheffield in the Stonewall Top 100 for the sixth time, the organisation’s commitment to being LGBT inclusive through innovative work, inclusive leadership and developing meaningful allies is remarkable. This has been our most chanllenging Workplace Equality Index to date and the university continues to set the bar both for the sector and region. To be recognised in this way is a real achievement and is very well deserved.”
Hopefully you will have seen our eye-catching #RainbowLanyard campaign, which aims to raise awareness that any member of staff can become an LGBT+ ally and wear a rainbow lanyard to visibly support LGBT+ students and colleagues. Now entering its third year our allies programme, Open@TUoS, has over 1,600 supporters committed to creating an LGBT+ inclusive community.
LGBT History Month:
We encourage you to get involved in and enjoy the variety of events taking place throughout LGBT History Month, which starts tomorrow with an opening ceremony fair in the Students’ Union.
More about Stonewall
The Stonewall Top 100 Employers are the best performing employers on Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2018, an annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff:
- The Workplace Equality Index is free to enter for any employer
- 434 employers submitted entries to the 2018 Index, across the public, private and third sectors
- As part of the Index there is a staff feedback questionnaire that participating employers can ask their staff to complete. This year Stonewall received over 92,000 responses to the staff survey making it one of the largest national employment surveys in Britain
- All of the Top 100 are members of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.