LGBT+ Staff Forum

Unfortunately, planned University events (including social gatherings) have been cancelled with immediate effect until 31 August 2020. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

We have regular meetings and hold social and learning events throughout the year; by joining you will be welcomed into a community of equals where we can support each other and lobby for LGBT+ causes. Membership of the LGBT+ Forum is confidential and you will not be required to disclose your membership to anyone unless you choose to.

The forum is open to all LGBT+ staff in the University, to join email us on

Equality, diversity and inclusion is the responsibility of us all and creating an inclusive environment is only possible if individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, promote positive respectful behaviour. By having visible LGBT allies we can promote a safe environment for LGBT staff and students to be themselves.

An LGBT ally is anyone who wishes to publically support the LGBT community and is committed to equality and creating an inclusive environment where everyone can be themselves; by pledging your support your will receive a rainbow lanyard.

To sign up as an LGBT+ ally, please email us on and tell us why you want to be an ally and what you feel you can contribute. 

Welcome to the LGBT+ Staff Forum  

The LGBT+ Staff Forum exists to give a voice to all LGBT+ staff at the University of Plymouth. We provide confidential support for all LGBT+ Staff and Allies worried about LGBT+ colleagues. We encourage all staff to celebrate diversity and influence policy via the University’s EDI Committee.  

We recognise the significance intersectionality plays in our lives, we therefore welcome all staff who identify as having a minority gender identity and/or sexual orientation irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, marital/civil partnership status, pregnancy/maternity circumstances, religion or belief.  

We especially encourage members of the LGBT+ community who are also part of other underrepresented groups to join our forum where we have a safe space for you to be your authentic self.  

Our aims:

  • To support the development of an LGBT+ friendly culture at the University of Plymouth.

  • To offer confidential support and guidance to all LGBT+ staff at the University.

  • To create visibility for the LGBT+ staff community at the University of Plymouth, including acting as information/welcome point for new LGBT+ staff and all new colleagues.

  • To provide an opportunity for LGBT+ staff to network both inside and outside the University and to offer possibilities for social and professional peer support and mentoring for all staff.

  • To advise and give feedback on University policy development and associated practice.

Who's who

LGBT+ Senior Champion, Professor Sube Banerjee

The LGBT+ Staff Forum are very proud to introduce Professor Sube Banerjee MBE, the Executive Dean of the new Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences, as one of our new senior champions.

"I am delighted to be one of the University’s LGBT+ senior champions. We aim as an organisation to be the very best we can be, and we can only succeed in this if we are a truly inclusive workplace where people from all backgrounds feel welcomed and valued. It is a real privilege to play a part in creating a supportive environment for all who work at our University".

LGBT+ Senior Champion, Alice Ludgate, Head of Student Services  

"I love to celebrate all things diverse, it’s what makes the world such a vibrant and interesting place. But I know that inclusion is not always the norm, far from it, and I’m not happy to settle for there still being workplaces and communities where people aren’t accepted for who they are. No longer can I tolerate employees feeling they cannot truly relax at work and be themselves, no longer should LGBT+ staff have to tolerate abuse and discrimination, no longer should we have underrepresentation of LGBT+ employees in senior roles. I see the University of Plymouth as playing a pivotal role in both improving our own practice as well as being a role model for the region and sector and I am proud to be in the position of LGBT Senior Champion to help carry on the excellent work already underway".

Find your nearest Breathing Space

Research carried out by the Stonewall organisation found that members of the LGBT+ community have a higher than average prevalence of mental ill health which can be attributed to a range of factors such as discrimination, isolation and homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.

The University of Plymouth LGBT+ Staff Forum have launched a network of Breathing Spaces across campus to allow any LGBT+ person to go somewhere quiet to pause, relax and decide what to do next. 

If you would like your work area to becoming a Breathing Space, please email to get more information. 

Gender-neutral toilets

The University of Plymouth supports our Trans and non-binary staff and students in using the toilets they feel most comfortable in. You have every right to feel safe in the toilet you choose.

If you would prefer to use a gender-neutral toilet then use this map to find your closest one. Bullying, harassment and discrimination is never tolerated; if you experience any problems or have any concerns then contact us at

Latest news

We love to share our exciting news and developments on how we are supporting staff and students at the University, as well as our work in the local community.

For the very latest news, follow us on Twitter @PULGBTForum

If you want to get in touch with us, simply tweet us or email

Proudly celebrating Plymouth’s diversity with Luke Pollard MP 

Ahead of the University of Plymouth’s Pride on Campus week, the LGBT+ Staff Forum will be welcoming Luke Pollard (MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport) for a talk that will reflect on his personal journey and experience of being Plymouth’s first openly gay MP and the importance of celebrating diversity in our city.

There will also be the opportunity to ask Luke questions and enjoy refreshments beforehand.

To register for this event please do so via the event page. 

PLEASE NOTE: this event will be rescheduled due to Covid-19 restrictions