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At Oxford Brookes University, we are committed to ensuring the very best staff experience where all our community can flourish in a culture of respect and support, where we celebrate difference and thrive on each other’s success. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion we have set up a LGBTQ+ Staff Forum.
If you would like to join the Forum or have any questions or queries, please contact Jayne Stuart: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Read some of our LGBTQ+ staff profiles »
As a university lecturer working with schoolteachers and other educational practitioners, I want to support and encourage LGBTQ+ role models in all educational settings. Dr Roger Dalrymple, Programme Lead, School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
As a university lecturer working with schoolteachers and other educational practitioners, I want to support and encourage LGBTQ+ role models in all educational settings.
My experience of being out at Brookes has been a really positive one - people are sometimes surprised to find a married queer priest in the Multifaith Chaplaincy office but it’s a good conversation-starter. Rev. Kate Harford, Ecumenical Chaplain, Chaplaincy, Academic and Student Administration
My experience of being out at Brookes has been a really positive one - people are sometimes surprised to find a married queer priest in the Multifaith Chaplaincy office but it’s a good conversation-starter.
Being out at work is liberating. It also means you can fly the flag for equality and ensure the rights of other LGBTQ+ staff are respected. Aaron Worsley, Academic Liaison Librarian, Directorate of Learning Resources
Being out at work is liberating. It also means you can fly the flag for equality and ensure the rights of other LGBTQ+ staff are respected.
My background straddles between the Eastern and Western worlds. More often, I to not fit in any of the worlds and the intersection of being LGBTQ adds to the challenge. Dr Yue S. Ang, Senior Lecturer, School of Law, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
My background straddles between the Eastern and Western worlds. More often, I to not fit in any of the worlds and the intersection of being LGBTQ adds to the challenge.
We have participated in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI) for the past two years and have just submitted our self-assessment evidence for the 2020 Index. This year we are participating in the employee survey for the first time and we encourage all staff to spend five minutes feeding back your experiences of LGBTQ+ inclusion at Brookes. You will need the University’s unique 4-digit code 1475 to log into the survey. It is anonymous and open to all staff, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The survey attracts over 90,000 respondents from all employment sectors, and helps to assess the perspectives from all employees about LGBTQ+ inclusion. By taking part we are demonstrating our collective commitment to addressing LGBTQ+ inequality in the workplace. We will receive analysis of our results and feedback on our submission from Stonewall in the spring of 2020.
The survey closes on Friday 1 November.
The LGBTQ+ Staff Forum has been established to support members of staff in their working lives and to promote awareness of issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity within the workplace. The term LGBTQ+ refers to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning plus all other sexual orientations and non-conforming gender identities and is a term we use to make the Staff Forum as inclusive as possible.
The broad aims of the Forum are to:
Members usually meet over lunch on a regular basis and it is an opportunity for LGBTQ+ staff to get to know colleagues from across the University.
A small steering group (consisting of Forum members), with the assistance of the HR Business Partnership Manager (EDI), will determine key issues that require discussion and action. Meetings will be arranged as necessary and the Forum will organise at least one event each year eg during LGBTQ+ History Month.
The Forum may also assist in prioritising issues and actions relevant to LGBTQ+ staff in liaison with the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group.
The University is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and occasionally our Stonewall Account Manager will attend meetings to provide support and guidance as necessary.
Please note that the identity of Forum members will, so far as is reasonably practicable, be kept confidential.