Thanks everyone! We're a Stonewall Top 100 Employer 2019

Thank you for helping us build an LGBT+ inclusive workplace; your commitment means we have received recognition for the sixth year running in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index.

  • 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’re proud to be placed at number 23 on this year’s list, our highest ranking to date.
  • This is a rise of one place compared to 2018 in a year that has seen the highest number of entries ever - 445 employers entered the 2019 Top 100.

"The University of Sheffield and all those who have made this year’s Top 100 Employers list are making a huge difference to workplaces, services and communities across the UK...More than a third of LGBT staff still hide their identity at work for fear of discrimination; that has an impact on productivity, wellbeing and more and shows we still have lots to do.

"However, with organisations like Sheffield displaying such a strong commitment to LGBT equality, we are one step closer to creating a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees are welcomed and accepted without exception."

Darren Towers, Stonewall’s Executive Director

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Gill Valentine

“I came out at a time when being openly gay was taboo…” Professor Gill Valentine on why she is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace.

"I am very proud to be the LGBT+ Champion for the University of Sheffield. I came out at a time when being openly gay was taboo - there was no protection from equality legislation, section 28 of the Local Authority Act was in place which banned the promotion of homosexuality, and bisexual, and trans issues were not even on the agenda.

“I experienced discrimination and harassment in the early stages of my career which I overcame in part through the support of straight allies. That’s why I’m passionate about developing an inclusive work environment. Over the 30 years there has been real and positive change in relation to equality and diversity in the workplace and the University of the Sheffield has been at the forefront of many innovative initiatives to enable LGBT+ staff and students to reach their full potential. I am keen to continue the progress of this work as I recognise there is still more to be done."

Professor Gill Valentine, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and Senior LGBT+ Champion

Overwhelmed by your support and more we can do

“As chair of the LGBT+ Staff Network I have been overwhelmed by the commitment of staff in joining the Open@TUOS allies programme as well as taking part in the different training and events throughout the last year. All of this contributes to making the University of Sheffield a safe and welcoming institution.

"But we still have a long way to go. Transphobia, biphobia and homophobia still occur daily in our society, and it is only with the combined efforts of our LGBT+ staff, students and allies that we can continue to make the University of Sheffield an inclusive place to work and study.”

Dr Matt Mears, Chair of the LGBT+ Staff Network

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Nadia Fernandes

A scientist's perspective on inclusivity

Nadia Fernandes from MBB on why inclusivity matters to her as a scientist:

“A scientist is defined by many things; curiosity, creativity, sagacity - sexuality was never supposed to be one of them. I wear my rainbow lanyard for the discoverers and the discoveries lost to discrimination and for those who are currently in danger of being dismissed from writing history.”

Along with Nadia, we now have 2,300 Open@TUoS supporters committed to creating an inclusive workplace. Look out for new developments this year including an online training package, with input from our students.

A Stonewall Top Trans-Inclusive Employer 2019

This year we have also been recognised as a Stonewall Top Trans-Inclusive Employer for the progress we have made with trans inclusion.

Since Autumn 2018 we have held face to face training sessions focused on increasing our understanding of trans inclusion and incorporating this into everyday practices. So far, nearly 100 people have attended, and further training has been arranged for key groups of staff.

We will continue to make trans inclusion a priority over the coming year, including inviting transgender representation onto the Gender Equality Committee.

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Update your equality data

  • This will help us focus future actions, including in relation to LGBT+ inclusion
  • Log into MUSE
  • Go to: myJob / myTeam / e-Recruitment
  • Under Personal Profile, you will see a link to My Equality Data

Thanks for helping us build an inclusive workplace

“I feel totally respected at the University and free to be open to colleagues and students. Cultural activities such as LGBT+ History Month have given me a better insight into the LGBT+ community.”

Manuel Flores-Lasarte, English Language Teaching Centre

“I value the hard work that the Staff Network do in terms of promoting LGBT+ issues which in turn has inspired me to promote this on a faculty/departmental level.”

Sarah Kennedy, Electronic and Electrical Engineering

What's on your mind?

Do get in touch to let us know how you’re helping make a difference and to share ideas for what you would like to see the University achieve in 2019. Email: internalcommunications@sheffield.ac.uk