The University of Plymouth has been named as one of the top 10% of institutions in the country for the opportunities and support it offers lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) students.
In a study conducted by lesbian, gay and bisexual equality charity Stonewall, Plymouth was shown to meet nine of the ten criteria sought by the charity to identify whether a university was gay-friendly.
It comes just over a year after the University joined the acclaimed Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme, Britain’s good practice employers’ forum on sexual orientation, and recognises its work to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.
Rachel Jagger-Thomas, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Plymouth, said:
“This is absolutely fantastic news and a ringing endorsement of our long-standing commitment to create equal opportunities for everyone at the University. It reinforces our policy of promoting equality, inclusion and freedom of choice as we constantly look at ways to enhance opportunities for all our students and staff. We are proud to have a great working relationship between our LGBT Staff forum and our Students Union, which clearly helps us in understanding the issues that people may face and working together to address them.”
Richard Skipper, Vice President of Welfare and Deputy President of the University of Plymouth Students Union, added:
“It is fantastic to be acknowledged for the hard work that the Students’ Union and University have put in over the years to support lesbian, gay and bisexual students. We have a progressive and a great history around combating all forms of discrimination at the University of Plymouth. We’re even set to progress further with the UPSU Student Voice Audit and the introduction of our liberation forums, one of which is specifically to give a voice to LGBT issues. Personally I have had a great experience at the University of Plymouth, and I'm in no way biased when I say that any student that wishes to be themselves and not suffer discrimination can do so at the University of Plymouth.”