The University of Plymouth has been praised for its work promoting lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBT+) equality and inclusion.
Announced today by the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, the University was rated:
- 7th out of 51 organisations in the education sector for its LGBT+ inclusion
- 35th in the UK out of 403 organisations overall.
Stonewall supports employers to create welcoming workplaces
for LGBT+ people.
According to the charity’s research, more than a third of LGBT+ staff
nationwide (35%) hide who they are at work, while one in five (18%) have been the target of negative comments because of their identity.
As part of Stonewall’s Bring Yourself To Work initiative, the charity has published
its Top 100 Employers List, awarded a series of Gold, Silver and Bronze awards
to organisations to celebrate their inclusion work. The University of Plymouth
was awarded a Gold Award – the highest achievable – demonstrating nationally-leading
The University of Plymouth was praised for a number of
initiatives, including its guidance
around pronoun use, celebration of LGBT+ events
via its internal and external channels, and introduction
of breathing spaces across campus for
LGBT+ staff and students.
Part of this success is due to the University’s LGBT+ Taskforce, which was set up in 2020 to help identify, tackle and solve issues to ensure that its campuses and culture were as welcoming and inclusive as possible for LGBT+ people.