Oxford Brookes becomes Stonewall Diversity Champion ahead of LGBT History Month

Friday, 30 January 2015

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Oxford Brookes University has joined the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme which promotes and develops good practice for employers.

The programme, run by the gay equality charity, promotes a good working environment for all existing and potential staff and helps to ensure equal treatment for employees who are lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB).

The University joins employers as diverse as the Army, Ernst and Young and IBM on the programme, which has over 700 major employer members across Britain. The programme is the largest non-governmental intervention of its kind in the world.

Alison Cross, Director of Human Resources, said: “Oxford Brookes is fully committed to inclusivity and we are delighted to be able to demonstrate this further by joining the Stonewall Diversity Champion Programme.

Stonewall’s campaigning work and policy expertise has made a huge difference to the lives of LGB people.

We acknowledge that people often keep identities hidden but we are determined to provide a safe and inclusive environment where all our people can thrive and acknowledge the contribution made by LGB colleagues to the University’s success.”

Simon Feeke, Stonewall Director of Workplace Programmes said: “By joining the Diversity Champions programme, Oxford Brookes University has recognised that people perform better when they can be themselves.

Our members are forward thinking, 21st century employers who want to recruit recognise and support the very best staff regardless of their background. Good employers understand that providing support for all their staff improves their operational effectiveness.”

LGBT History Month is celebrated in February in the UK and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community throughout history.