Dr Rianne Costello

  • Dr Rianne Costello

    I first walked through the doors at Brookes back in 2014 as a MSc student and have never once felt discriminated against or ashamed for being a gay woman.

    Brookes is the first workplace where I have felt truly comfortable with being out. The environment at Brookes is so inclusive and it’s part of the reason why I love working here. Being out and being true to yourself in your workplace is one of the most liberating feelings. You’ll find that you are also able to be more productive, happy and generally experience much higher levels of job satisfaction by just being 100% you. Whilst I don’t make a point of telling our students that I’m gay, I do ensure that I use the LGBTQ+ Ally banner within my email signature as a message of reassurance to our students that being part of the LGBTQ+ community is perfectly OK and that they can reach out if they need to.

    LGBTQ+ role models are extremely important. I can recall so many times during my teens and early twenties where I felt so alone and unsafe about coming out or being 100% me at work, and much of this could have been helped by having LGBTQ+ role models. This is partly why I’m over the moon that we have a platform such as this at Brookes, to be those beacons of hope and reassurance to staff and students who are perhaps just starting out, or are a little lost on their own journeys.

    If you’re thinking of applying to Brookes and have any questions about whether they’re an inclusive employer/University or not, you can leave your queries behind. Take it from first-hand experience where I have been both a student and staff member at Brookes. I first walked through the doors at Brookes back in 2014 as a MSc student and have never once felt discriminated against or ashamed for being a gay woman. Stay true to you and be proud of who you are.

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