Under the Equality Act 2010, sexual orientation is a protected characteristic relating to a person's sexual orientation towards:
- persons of the same sex
- persons of the opposite sex
- persons of either sex
According to Stonewall, around a quarter of lesbian, gay and bi workers are not at all open to colleagues about their sexual orientation.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Equality Group exists to further equality for LGBT staff, students and the wider LGBT community. It acts as a lead on the University’s initiatives within the framework of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme and helps to formulate and advise University initiatives to encourage greater representation of the LGBT community in all areas of University life.
The group also contributes to and monitors the formulation, implementation and effectiveness of University policies and strategies that might impact upon the LGBT community.
All Surrey staff and students are expected to set good examples and to take responsibility for ensuring work and study areas are free from unacceptable behaviour. Our Dignity at Work and Study outlines the expected behaviour for everyone.
We also ask all members of staff to declare their sexual orientation and other personal details on HR documents. This information helps the University form a better understanding of the workforce so that we can identify if all staff are being treated fairly.
A LGBTQI+ training pilot session has been run for those who wish to increase their awareness and understanding of potential issues and good practice. It is hoped that it will be rolled out to a wide audience across the University.
The main focus of the society is on student welfare, and alongside that they aim to provide support, knowledge and friendship to all current and new members. To find out about meetings, check their webpage, or if you would prefer to be added to the email list for confidentiality, please get in touch at here.
At Surrey, we are committed to ensuring the very best staff and student experience where all our 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 LGBT Network. To get in touch, or to be added to the Network email list, you can email us here.
By devoting February to LGBT history we celebrate people and achievements that have traditionally been ignored, raise awareness of LGBT identities and issues, and broaden public understanding of the complex nature of gender, sexual prejudices, and romantic and sexual orientation.
Every year throughout February there is a variety of events dedicated to raising awareness for LGBT history and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT communities.