LGBT+ Support and Information

There are a number of sources of support, advice and information for students and staff of the University that identify as LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and other sexual orientations and gender identities).

LGBT+ Role Models

USW LGBT+ Role Models are volunteers who are passionate about promoting LGBT+ equality within the University and committed to being visible role models, conveying the important message that people can be themselves at the University and can be accepted without exception.

The LGBT+ Role Models are points of contact for students (or staff) who are encountering an LGBT+ issue they would like to talk through with an LGBT+ person. They also provide ideas, support and advice on the development of LGBT+ equality to the university.

Careers and Employability Service

The Careers and Employability Service has a page about Equality in employment. This page includes a number of downloadable guides relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender job seekers. The guides have been prepared by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.

There is also a dedicated LGBT useful links section on the Diversity Useful Links page of the Careers and Employability Service UniLife channel.

Students’ Union

The Students’ Union’s LGBT+ Society is a safe place for people of all sexualities to come together in a social manner, with no fear of judgement. The group meet at least fortnightly and arrange many social events throughout the academic year.

The Students’ Union sometimes has liberation Campaign Officers campaigning for LGBTQ matters, depending on interest in the roles and elections.

Bullying and/or harassment

The University recognises that all staff and students should be valued and have a right to be treated with dignity and respect at work and study. The Dignity at Study Policy explains how the University handles complaints about harassment, bullying, unfair treatment and victimisation.

The Students’ Union also has a policy on LGBT related bullying and harassment, please contact the SU for details.

Other Useful Links

Stonewall is Europe’s largest lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) charity. Stonewall provides advice on all aspects of sexual orientation.

Trans Unite allows members of the transgender & non-binary communities to find a support group local to them.

Being a Trans Ally USW’s Trans Role Model and SU Gender Identity Officer take us through their Top 10 Tips for being a Trans Ally.

Trans Equality Policy Statement Outlines USW’s commitment to promoting equality on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.