“Doing great work in a great place to work“
We all benefit from a safe environment in which everyone can be themselves. The School of Clinical Medicine is a diverse and international community, and it is vital that everyone, whatever their background, feels free to live, work and study as their authentic selves. A core objective of the University’s LGBT+ Staff Network is to help create and promote this environment. Moreover, we want to make LGBT+ scientists and clinicians more visible, to provide proper representation and promote diverse role models.Dr Duncan Astle, MRC Programme Leader, Chair of the University LGBT+ Staff Network
The LGBT+ Staff Network was set up following a staff consultation carried out in 2006. It has since developed to provide support and advice to LGBT+ staff at the University and to act as a forum for consultation between staff and the University’s governing body. In 2012 and 2013, the LGBT+ Staff Network won a Star Performer Network Group Award from Stonewall.
The LGBT+ Staff Network provides information and support to staff, assists with the co-ordination of diversity events and helps the University to progress equality by:
- Providing a regular forum for discussing diversity issues at work or study.
- Providing networking opportunities.
- Raising issues in a safe environment.
- Contributing to policy development and implementation.
- Organising social events.
- Arranging events to raise awareness and celebrate diversity.
- Contributing to staff development activities.
The Network also provides informal buddying and mentoring initiatives and links to LGBT+ communities.