Oxford Brookes becomes Stonewall Diversity Champion ahead of LGBT History Month
Friday, 30 January 2015
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.
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
LGBT History Month
is celebrated in February in the UK and celebrates the lives and achievements
of the LGBT community throughout history.