Thanks everyone! We’re a Stonewall Top 100 Employer 2020
With your help we're progressing LGBT+ inclusion, and have received recognition for the seventh year running in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index.
Working with Stonewall is just one way we measure our efforts to tackle discrimination and create an inclusive workplace for lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees. We recognise there is always more we can do and we remain fully committed to working together, and with our students, to create a fully inclusive environment where everyone can flourish.
Professor Gill Valentine, Senior LGBT+ Champion and Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, explains:
“This recognition from Stonewall is a testament to your dedication to bring about culture change and develop a truly inclusive university where LGBT+ colleagues and students feel they belong, are supported to be themselves and can flourish to reach their potential.
“I am very proud to be the Senior LGBT+ Champion for the University. I came out at a time when being openly gay was taboo. 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 past 30 years or so 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.
“Over the past 12 months, we have continued to make progress. Our work has included a systematic review of our policies, which has resulted in a number of recommended amendments to the adoption, maternity, paternity/partner and shared parental leave policies to remove any gendered terms, and clarify that policies are inclusive of same sex couples, regardless of gender. We have developed guidance for LGBT+ students and staff studying and working abroad, have enhanced our local community engagement, and our Open@TUOS allies programme continues to go from strength to strength with over 2,800 supporters from across the University.
“With trans inclusion we have reviewed and updated our Transgender Guiding Principles, hosted a programme of face-to-face trans awareness training sessions for staff focused on increasing our understanding of trans inclusion and incorporating this into everyday practices, and appointed a transgender representative to our Gender Equality Committee.
“It’s also fantastic that we have been named as Regional Employer of the Year, recognising our top position in Yorkshire & the Humber in this year’s Workplace Equality Index. I am honoured and humbled to have been named Senior Champion of the Year; and I will of course continue to champion equality, diversity and inclusion.
“A big thank you to everyone committed to creating an LGBT+ inclusive workplace, to our LGBT+ Staff Network, Open@TUOS allies and LGBT+ role models for all their hard work, and to Matt Mears and James Gregory-Monk, Chair and Deputy Chair of the LGBT+ Staff Network. I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve in the coming 12 months. There is more we can do to create a workplace where everyone is accepted and we can continue to make progress by taking individual responsibility and by working together.”
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Join us for LGBT History Month this February
Join us this February to celebrate LGBT History Month with a series of events hosted by our LGBT+ Staff Network and a special reading list compiled by the Deputy-Chair of our LGBT+ Staff network.