The University of Wolverhampton is celebrating after being announced as one of the top 100 employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff.
Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers is the definitive list showcasing the best employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff.
The list is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index, a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to create inclusive workplaces.
It was announced today that the University of Wolverhampton was ranked 62 out of 434 employers. Its previous ranking was 164th.
Key projects at the University have included leading efforts to ensure Wolves Pride was bigger than ever, updating its policies to be inclusive of bisexuality and non-binary gender identities and involvement in running a range of public events. The University has also supported the formation of the Wolverhampton LGBT+ Alliance and a Higher Education LGBT Network of Networks for higher education.
Dr Emma Wedge, University Secretary, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the University has been recognised by Stonewall as one of the top 100 employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff. The University is committed to providing a friendly, inclusive and vibrant community for its staff and students, and this is testament to the dedication of staff across the organisation to creating a campus environment that is inclusive for all.”
Dr Sarah Slater, Joint Chair of the LGBT Staff Network, said: “The news of the ranking is a sign that the University continues to become a more welcoming place for staff and students who identify as LGBTQ. It is a real pleasure to meet and teach every student who does not feel they have to hide their Gender or Sexuality, and this is only possible from the continued work of the University of Wolverhampton in Equality and Diversity and becoming an example to other organisations on inclusivity."
Now in its 14th year, the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list celebrates the pioneering efforts of leading organisations to create inclusive workplaces. It showcases the best performing employers on Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2018, an annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff.