Stonewall Diversity Champion

The University of Huddersfield is proud to have become a Stonewall Global Diversity Champion.  Stonewall is Europe’s largest lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) rights charity. 

The Global Diversity Champions programme gives us the tools we need to take a strategic and structured approach to LGBT+ equality initiatives to ensure all LGBT+ staff are accepted without exception in the workplace. It gives us access to specialist resources and expertise, improves our visibility as an employer of choice and will help us to improve our equality and diversity policies and practices. 

We have an active LGBTQI+ Staff Network, please see below for further details.  

The University receives a Silver Award for commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion at work

The University has received an accolade for its commitment to inclusion of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people in the workplace. This year, the University received a Silver Award from Stonewall, following our 2021 submission.

Over 400 employers across the UK took part in the 2021 index, this is the second submission for the University since joining in 2019. The University has moved up an impressive 184 places, now ranked as 277.


Stonewall Silver Employer Badge 2022

Trans Equality


The University of Huddersfield is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive environment for Trans Staff, including those who identify as non-binary, agender or gender-fluid. 

The following guidance is designed to provide Trans and Non-binary employees with information, guidance and support in relevant aspects of their employment at the University.


Gender-Neutral Toilets


 Gender neutral toilets can be found in the following places:


  • Charles Sikes – 1st Floor
  • Joseph Priestley South – Ground, 1st and 2nd floors
  • Library - Schwann Level 5
  • Sovereign Design House
  • International Kitchen - Student Central, level 4
  • HR Department - Schwann level 6 – toilet for all, incorporates accessible toilet
  • Atkinson Holt - 1st Floor
  • Sir John Ramsden Court - Ground Floor
  • Sports Centre – level 3 Student Central, toilet for all, incorporates accessible toilet and changing facility


*Upcoming Projects soon to be completed with gender neutral facility provision:


  • Firth Street - Film Studio
  • T1/T2 Research Facilities

LGBTQI+ Staff Network


The University welcomes and supports the development of staff networks.  Our staff networks provide an opportunity for staff who share a protected characteristic to network, obtain peer support and share information.  They can also offer opportunities for staff to inform university policy on equality-related issues and topics. The networks are run by and for the members, with support from the University EDI Officer.  

Welcome to the Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans*, Queer and Intersex + (LGBTQI+) Staff Network.

The University of Huddersfield’s LGBTQI+ Staff Network was set up as a self-organising group in April 2018. The Network discussed and self-defined their name, with the acronym LGBTQI+, incorporating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer, and Intersex. 

To find out more about this network including future meeting dates, please email or please feel free to contact Carson McCombe (Chair).

What does the rainbow lanyard mean to you?


Wearing a rainbow lanyard is a visible signal to the LGBTQI+ community that our campus is welcoming and inclusive and many colleagues around the University now wear a rainbow lanyard.  Staff from across the University tell us why they wear the rainbow lanyard and what it means to them.

Sally Hobson

Campus Support Manager

Wearing a rainbow lanyard is a visible signal to the LGBTQI+ community that our campus is welcoming and inclusive and many colleagues around the University now wear a rainbow lanyard. Staff from across the University tell us why they wear the rainbow lanyard.

Ruth Taylor

Head of HR

I feel it is important to wear the rainbow lanyard to show support for, and to help build, an open, supportive and inclusive environment and culture. It is a visible sign of the values that the University of Huddersfield represents.

Christian McGrath

People & Organisational Development

By wearing my lanyard with pride around the campus, I hope that I can show others the University of Huddersfield supports fellow LGBTQI+ colleagues and students.

Olivia Briddon

EDI Manager

I wear the rainbow lanyard with pride, to communicate visible support as an LGBT+ ally and in celebration of our diverse community. It is a visible sign that the University of Huddersfield is a safe and welcoming place.

Victoria Robinson

HR Manager

For me, my rainbow lanyard demonstrates the support I have for colleagues, students and visitors who identify as LGBTQI+. It is a celebration of the diversity of our University campus and wider community and I wear it with pride.

Natalie Plows

HR Manager

For me the rainbow lanyard celebrates the sexual and gender diversity of our staff and students. Working in HR it serves as a reminder that the diversity of staff can only be an asset which should be recognised and celebrated!

Raphaella Ward

Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator

Promoting visibility and raising awareness is why I wear my rainbow lanyard on campus. As a University and Students' Union, it is important to continue building a supportive and inclusive environment on campus and locally for LGBTQI+ students and staff.

Andrew Jenkins

Principle Lecturer

The rainbow lanyard symbolizes that we, as LGBTQI+ people, are proud of who we are. It is a symbol of hope, pride and love. It demonstrates that we are an open, tolerant and forward-thinking institution.

Anna Seabourne

Head of Researcher Development

"Rainbows represent not only hopes of a future destination, but also how diversity enhances the journey."