Supporting equality and diversity at DMU
Coming to De Montfort University is a great opportunity to meet people who are very diverse, with different lifestyles, different value and beliefs, and different backgrounds to you. It may also be a chance for you to reinvent yourself and be the person you want to be in a new place and a chance to celebrate you, your individuality and who you are, regardless of your age, disability, gender reassignment/identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
Diversity enriches the society we live in, and contributes to the ability of the university to develop in innovative or creative ways. We are all different and this should be a cause of celebration, and DMU actively promotes Pride initiatives for this reason. Feeling or being perceived as different can however be challenging, sometimes this may conflict with a person’s own value system, or lead to not feeling understood, lonely or vulnerable.
It may also lead to concerns about potential bullying, harassment or discrimination. We are able to provide or direct you to the right support should these issues arise. If you are worried about coming to university and any potential issues relating to your individuality there is a range of support available to you, all of which is geared up to understanding and assisting you with your individual needs – take some time to look through the information on the Student Gateway pages, and see what might be relevant to you.
If you feel you have experienced bullying, harassment or victimisation on the grounds of your sexuality you may refer to DMU’s Policy on Dignity and Respect (Students)|. This policy outlines how incidents of bullying, harassment or victimisation should be dealt with and how to report incidents.
Other useful contacts:
De Montfort Surgery|: The Surgery provides a range of advice including Sexual health advice and testing.
DMU Equality and diversity information|
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender + Students Group (LGBT)|
Leicester LGBT Centre| Leicestershire AIDS Support Service|
SECs Clinic|: Run by students, the SECS Clinic is home to sexual advice, and testing.
TRADE Sexual Health|: Health charity working with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGB&T) community of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.