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University of Sheffield Engineer shortlisted for Gay Times honour

University of Sheffield Engineer shortlisted for Gay Times honour

Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield has been shortlisted in the inaugural Gay Times Honours for The Barbara Burford Award. The awards are a brand new initiative to honour those who have had a tremendous impact on what it means for LGBT+ people to live openly and freely in modern Britain. The Barbara Burford Honour recognises notable LGBT+ people to thank them for remarkable advances in Science, Technology and Engineering.

An inspirational STEM role model

Elena lectures on enterprise, business planning and professional responsibilities of the engineer, using innovative teaching techniques which have merited recognition by the Higher Education Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) and as a Northern Champion by the Institute of Public Policy Research in 2012.

Elena is world renowned for her passion and activity in matters of gender and equality in engineering. In 2014 The Guardian named her as one of the six influential women engineers who stand out from the crowd in promoting their profession to follow on Twitter. In the same year, Elena was Highly Commended,by the Princess Royal for her work promoting women in engineering. Similarly, Elena has figure headed the Twitter campaign #ILookLikeAnLGBTEngineer through her blog, which was then picked up by The Guardian newspaper in the UK.

Bringing your whole self to work

“I am extremely honoured to be shortlisted for this prestigious award for my work in helping remove the stigma of being LGBT+ and an engineer," she says. Elena further explained, “I believe that in order to make our society more inclusive, we all have the responsibility to be open, sincere and honest. Of course, answering what often are very personal questions is scary, for sure, however, the only way to achieve normalisation is when we all stop seeing 'difference' as something we have to hide or be ashamed of."

Stonewall charity honour the University's LGBT committment 

The University of Sheffield is listed on the highly regarded Stonewall Top 100 Employers list for workplace equality - an annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff. To achieve a place on Stonewall’s increasingly competitive index, the University of Sheffield had to successfully demonstrated their organisation’s performance against a set of best practice criteria. Find out more about this here.

Amazing personal LGBT stories from The University of Sheffield

As active supporters of the LGBT community, The University of Sheffield has taken the time to create these amazing personal stories from members of their staff as they discuss their experience of being an LGBT employee at an institution that embraces diversity.

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