Our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students are fully supported here at Anglia Ruskin University.
We’re committed to valuing equality and promoting diversity. We support and encourage everyone, and strive hard to anticipate and meet people’s needs and aspirations.
All our staff attend equality and diversity training as part of their induction programme, and we publicise these courses online so our students know that staff are trained in this area. Our Student Guidelines outline appropriate sanctions for any instance of unacceptable behaviour. Meanwhile, our Employability Service actively promotes recruitment guides such as Stonewall’s Starting Out, which offers impartial, confidential and professional career advice for LGBT students.
We support our LGBT students in many ways. We offer welfare support through our fully trained counsellors. Both the University and our Students' Union provide a range of information for LGBT students, including where to go for support when coming out, how to find LGBT-inclusive sexual health information through local health services and where to report hate crime or homophobia. We make sure our students feel comfortable declaring their sexual orientation during the application process with support from Students' Union officers. There are two LGBT societies which are open to, and supportive of, all our students - they also run a number of events. Our Students' Union is fully represented on our university's Equality and Diversity Committee and there's also a place reserved for an LGBT rep on our Student Council.
Our LGBT rep meets regularly with colleagues from other universities and attends LGBT and NUS conferences. In Cambridge, the student-led LGBT+ Society works with a local community group to address sexual health issues for young LGBT.
We’re proud to say that we were the first university to join Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme. Currently our Director of Student Services and our Assistant Director of IT Services are our champions. As well as this, we encourage staff to join our LGBT network group.
We’re fully committed to supporting our LGBT students and will continue to demonstrate this support.