The University of Sheffield top employer for LGBT+ community

The University of Sheffield top employer for LGBT+ community

 February 01, 2018

In recognition of its continued dedication to workplace equality, the University of Sheffield has again been ranked in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list – a definitive list showcasing the best employers for lesbian, gay, bi, and trans staff.

As a University that aims to support people - regardless of their sexual orientation or any other equality characteristic, it is no surprise that this is the fifth year in a row the University has been included by the leading LGBT charity Stonewall. In fact it has moved up 64 places to achieve its highest ever ranking of 24th!

A remarkable place to work

The University of Sheffield’s Senior Diversity Champion, Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor Gill Valentine, said “At the University of Sheffield we actively champion equality, diversity and inclusion, which has helped us to create an open, inclusive environment for everyone, including LGBT+ staff and students. To have risen up the rankings this year is extremely pleasing and is testament to the people who work at the University making it such a remarkable place to work, so I’m delighted to be part of an institution with such a diverse and inclusive community.”

“Equality is a hugely important issue for me personally. I believe people should be accepted for whoever they are and they should be able to bring their whole selves to work in a warm and welcoming environment,” she added.

Darren Towers, Executive Director, Stonewall said "The University of Sheffield and all those who have made this year’s Top 100 Employers list have done a fantastic job. Taking part in our Index shows real commitment to understanding and advancing LGBT equality. This year, for the first time, the Index looked at what employers were doing for trans equality in the workplace. This work is crucial. We recently published LGBT in Britain: Trans Report, which revealed the profound inequality facing trans people in Britain today. Half of trans people have hidden their identity at work for fear of discrimination. This must change and it’s encouraging to see so many organisations make a commitment to trans equality. With their support and hard work we can create a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees are welcomed and accepted without exception.”

An employer truly committed to progress LGBT+ inclusion

This year marks the two year anniversary of Open@TUoS, a network of LGBT+ allies, who are working together to progress LGBT+ inclusion at the University of Sheffield.

Open@TUoS was developed with the LGBT+ Staff Network and aims to empower all staff to help create an open, inclusive environment for LGBT+ colleagues and students at the University. Supporters do this by sharing information, encouraging people to become actively involved in LGBT+ activities and by asking staff to visibly support LGBT+ inclusion.

In the last two years more than 1,600 members of staff have proactively become supporters of Open@TUoS. This figure rose by 20 percent following the launch of the University’s Rainbow Lanyard campaign - a campaign which was created to spread the word about the importance of visible allies and of creating a visually inclusive campus in the run-up to LGBT History Month.

The campaign has seen outlets across campus selling hot drinks in special limited edition rainbow lanyard cups and staff and students have been encouraged to share their rainbow cup selfies on Twitter with the hashtag #rainbowlanyard and @SheffUnistaff to show support.

Opportunities for all

With almost 29,000 of the brightest students from over 140 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.

A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.

Sheffield is the only university to feature in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2017 and was voted number one university in the UK for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education in 2014. In the last decade it has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.

With such an impressive track record, The University of Sheffield is certainly a top employer for women. Why not explore their vacancies today.

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