We’re a top 100 employer for workplace equality

Rainbow flag flying outside Firth Court

Today (19 January 2016), we’ve been ranked as a top 100 employer for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff for the third year running.

Our continued dedication to workplace equality means we are now placed 61st in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list, the definitive list showcasing the best employers.

The Stonewall Top 100 Employers are the best performing employers on Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2016, an annual audit of workplace culture.

The Index is becoming increasingly competitive with over 400 employers submitting entries this year, the highest number since it first opened in 2005. Our 2015 position was slightly higher at 43rd although our current ranking reflects our journey of improvement overall from 82nd place in 2014 and 106th in 2013.

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. As part of the Index, there is an anonymous staff feedback questionnaire.

We have had more submissions than ever before and so making the list is a huge achievement

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall

This year, Stonewall received 60,506 responses overall, making it one of the largest national employment surveys in Britain, with almost 12,000 responses from lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff. We’ll use key findings from this survey to help us continue to focus on LGBT equality.

Did you know? In our most recent Staff Survey 98 per cent of respondents said that our University respects staff regardless of sexual orientation, alongside strong results for other protected characteristics.

“I’m delighted that we have once again been named a Top 100 Employer by Stonewall. To be ranked in the top 100 for three years running is testimony to our ongoing and sustained commitment to equality and diversity, said our HR Director Andrew Dodman.

“We are always striving to create a remarkable place to work, and we do that by working in partnership with our staff and other stakeholders to promote and embed inclusivity in everything we do. I’m very proud of our work in this area, and LGBT equality will continue to be a focus within our wider equality agenda.”

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall added: “The University of Sheffield and all of those employers that secured a place in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2016 list performed fantastically this year. We have had more submissions than ever before and so making the list is a huge achievement. I’d like to thank all of those organisations for their continued efforts to ensure that their lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and are accepted without exception”.