Nicholas Groom

  • I feel like we have a responsibility to make the LGBTQ+ community more visible and continue to normalise us within the modern society.

    I’m a Teaching Fellow working on the Paramedic Science program at the Marston Road campus and also the regional trustee for the College of Paramedics.

    Oxford Brookes overtly values the diversity of its students and staff, so I didn’t have to ‘come out’ at work here. We’re such a diverse group in the healthcare team and on campus, so here no-one has ever assumed my sexuality. It was a much less awkward experience than some other places I’ve worked!

    I feel as someone who spent the first [redacted] years of my life pretending to be someone else, having more visible LGBTQ+ role models would have been a massive benefit to me and changed my life personally. I feel like we have a responsibility to make the LGBTQ+ community more visible and continue to normalise us within the modern society.

    Being out at work makes my working environment so much easier. I don’t have to live in the paranoid fear that someone might find out or respond negatively.

    Higher education is an extremely flexible and rewarding environment. Teaching on a healthcare program offers me the opportunity to be creative with my teaching style and experimentative when it comes to the simulation element of our program.

    On a personal level, I’m a bit of a perfectionist neat freak. If I’m going to do something, it needs to be done properly.

    My advice to prospective staff and students is always be yourself. If someone doesn’t like that then it’s their problem.