LGBTQ+ Staff Forum

At Oxford Brookes University, we are committed to ensuring the very best staff experience where our whole 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.

The Forum organises social activities, hosts workshops, and provides a programme of events for LGBTQ+ History Month in February every year. The Forum welcomes all Brookes staff and postgraduate research students who identify as LGBTQ+ and allies. If you would like to join the Forum or have any questions or queries, please contact Jayne Stuart: or

Members of staff who have experienced homophobic, biphobic or transphobic abuse, harassment or bullying can email for confidential advice. The policy and procedure on harassment and bullying provides information about advice and support for staff and students.

To help promote the diversity of our community at Oxford Brookes, members of the Forum have provided personal experiences of working at the university. Read some of our LGBTQ+ staff profiles.

Within the Forum we have defined roles, providing points of contact and responsibility for specific areas. See below for the full list.

Roles within the Forum

  • Chair - Jayne Stuart
  • Secretary - Sarah Madden-Queralt
  • Senior staff representative and lead for Stonewall Workplace Equality Index - Roger Dalrymple
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion liaison and Wheatley representative - Jane Butcher
  • Student liaison - Hellen Barton
  • Academic and inclusive curriculum liaison - Yue Ang
  • Training officer - Kate Harford
  • Networking coordinator and Swindon representative - Aaron Worsley
  • Harcourt Hill representative - EmJ Scott

Our statement on #Black Lives Matter and in support of VCG commitment

The Oxford Brookes LGBTQ+ Staff Forum welcomes the important statements from the senior leadership of the University since the killing of George Floyd of unequivocal support for Black Lives Matter.

As a self-organised network for LGBTQ+ staff and their allies within Oxford Brookes we recognise and support the urgent and compelling need for change.

We give our full backing to the commitment expressed by the Vice-Chancellor’s Group to change in institutional culture and practice, and to listening, learning and tackling racism and racialised inequality head on.

We further recognise the impacts of intersectional issues of identity and experience within BAME and LGBTQ+ communities, and the ongoing realities of racism and white privilege within LGBTQ+ activism.

As individuals working together on LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion and in collaboration with colleagues in our BAME Staff Network, we therefore pledge our own commitment to stand up with black communities, the Black Lives Matter movement and to further Antiracism, personally and collectively.

We will further strengthen and evolve an interconnected approach to these shared goals, which addresses the multilayered experience of BAME LGBTQ+ communities and individuals.

We will take active steps to ensure that our work is informed by antiracist practice and undertake self-education to demonstrate meaningful solidarity in our own actions and spheres of influence.

We will seek to support all colleagues and leaders within our University in their commitments to race equality and to making Oxford Brookes the fully inclusive community we aspire to be.