Supporting LGBT Students & Staff in Higher Education

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Nicola Gale, Co-chair, Inclusive Curriculum Committee and Equality & Diversity Champion, University of Birmingham
  • Sean Russell, Director -; HE LGBT consultant and Coach; SFHEA
  • Dr Stephanie McKendry, Widening Access Manager, University of Strathclyde
  • Jessica Moody, Senior Policy Adviser, Equality Challenge Unit
  • Julie Campbell, HR Manager - Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Sammy Li, Chair, LGBT Staff Network, University of Wolverhampton
  • Pete Mercer, Group Manager – Membership Programmes, Stonewall (event chair)


Higher Education is often a place where LGBT people have positive experiences. However, incidences of homophobic, biphobic & transphobic bullying still occur. The sector can be more inclusive than it currently is and there remains much more that can be done to support LGBT students and staff.

Attend this Westminster Briefing event to review how your institution provides support for, and addresses discrimination against, LGBT staff and students. This is an opportunity to hear what other institutions are doing in this area and share good practice for you take back an implement in your setting.

Key issues to be addressed include:

  • HEIs’ duties under the Public Sector Equality Duty and Equality Act
  • Responsibilities to prevent bullying & harassment
  • Improving support for LGBT students
  • What an LGBT inclusive curriculum looks like
  • Embedding LBGT awareness among teaching staff
  • Implementing 'staff allies' schemes
  • Improving employability prospects for LGBT students
  • Supporting the needs of transgender applicants, students & staff
  • Raising awareness of help available
  • The differences in student & staff experiences
  • The role of LGBT networks & what the best ones do well
  • Measures HR and D&I teams can take to better support staff
  • Embedding an institution-wide approach to supporting LGBT people

The event:

The first morning session will provide an update on HEIs' legal duties under UK equality legislation. The second morning session will focus on what more can be done to support LGBT students.

The afternoon session will examine what HEIs can do in terms of supporting their LGBT staff and embedding an institution-wide approach to supporting LGBT people.

Who Should Attend?

You will join a range of higher education and equality stakeholders, widening participation officers, including colleagues working in equality offices, admissions, student services and support, students' unions, teaching and pedagogy and anyone else interested or involved in this area in higher education.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

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