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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans(gender)+ (LGBT+) Equality at De Montfort University

De Montfort University (DMU) and its Students’ Union (DSU) are extremely proud of our diverse university community. We are committed to equality and diversity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) students and we believe we are better for having students and staff from different backgrounds, beliefs, cultures and who have diverse gender identity and sexuality. We are keen to support all students throughout their experience of studying at DMU. We can offer support to students who wish to discuss issues of sexual orientation and gender identity that may affect them personally, directly or indirectly.

We are committed to enhance the student experience of University life and as part of that commitment we have created the following pages where you will find information on the support and advice services provided by the University and the Students' Union as well as information about specific issues relevant to the lives of LGBT students.

Dignity - respect of sexual orientation and gender identity

At DMU the student experience is very significant and we aim to provide a welcoming and reassuring place for each and every student. The University’s student policy on dignity and respect outlines procedures and outlines how our students should behave appropriately, treating fellow students, staff and the local community with dignity, courtesy and respect at all times. The university’s student policy on student pregnancy, maternity, paternity and adoption leave can be seen here.

Stonewall Diversity Champion

There is just one criterion for joining Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme: a clear commitment to improving the working environment for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) staff.

De Montfort University Leicester's (DMU) commitment to equality has been confirmed by Stonewall, as in 2015 we were placed in their top 100 employers list for the very first time.

DMU has leapt 93 places to 75th place in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, a national benchmark that recognises employers who are committed to supporting LGB members of staff.

From supporting same-sex parents to promoting equality around the world, organisations listed in the top 100 have consistently shown their commitment to sexual orientation equality.

Stonewall Chief Executive Ruth Hunt said: "At Stonewall we know that people perform better at work when they can be themselves. That means working in an environment that is free from discrimination but also in an environment that enables them to bring their whole selves to work."

Our highest-ever position also means that we are one of the top ten universities in the country for workplace equality, ranking 7th, which is an incredible achievement and testament to our commitment to equality and diversity.

The Workplace Equality Index

 
 20112012 201320142015
 Score/200 47 95 111  123 118
 Index Place 360 193 187 168 75
 Number of organisations submitting 378 363 378 369 397 
 Score movement n/a +48 +16 +12 n/a 
 Index movement n/a +167 +6 +19  +93

 

We would like to thank the staff and student LGBT groups for their enthusiasm and engagement with LGBT events, and thank everyone who has supported our efforts to improve the working and learning environment for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff and students.

Resources from Stonewall

Stonewall publishes a number of resources and guides for LGB staff, their colleagues and managers. Visit their site for guides on issues ranging from data monitoring, procurement, marketing, management and bullying in the workplace.

LGBT Staff Network and Committee

Find out more about DMU's LGBT Staff Network and Committee, and read the notes of the staff involvement groups.

No Bystanders

Each and every one of us – individuals and organisations – have a responsibility to make Britain a country where every child growing up feels able to be themselves. No Bystanders is Stonewall's campaign to tackle bullying and abuse, and this page contains resources to do just that.

#NoBystanders

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