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 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.
- Trans Equality Policy Statement
- Trans Equality Staff Guidance
- Glossary of Terms
- Template Support Action Plan
- Sources of Information and Support
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Head of Researcher Development
"Rainbows represent not only hopes of a future destination, but also how diversity enhances the journey."