Going for Stonewall
In 2019 Birmingham City University launched the ‘Going for Stonewall’ Project with the aim of developing and embedding best practice in LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) inclusion for staff and students.
Working closely with the Staff LGBT+ Network and stakeholders across BCU and the Students’ Union, the aims of the project include:
- Making BCU’s first submission to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index in 2020
- Producing a best practice toolkit to support an LGBT+ inclusive curriculum
- Developing LGBT+ training resources for BCU staff
- Supporting annual LGBT+ recognition and celebration events across campuses
The Stonewall Workplace Equality Index
Since 2006, the UK’s leading LGBT charity Stonewall have compiled an annual list of the best British employers for LGBT inclusion. The framework allows employers to benchmark themselves nationally against a range of criteria, taking into consideration the policies, practices and culture of an organisation.
BCU is already a registered Stonewall Diversity Champion, with an active staff LGBT+ Network and student LGBTQ+ Society. Using the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index as a starting framework, we are bringing together existing good practise across the University, identifying areas of improvement, and working collaboratively with both local and national partners to ensure a sector-leading approach to LGBT+ inclusion for our staff and students.
Our work so far
LGBT History Month 2020
In February 2020, the project supported the LGBT+ Staff Network in coordinating LGBT History Month at BCU, with events including:
- information stalls on every campus
- staff training pilot sessions: Sexuality & Gender 101 and Being LGBT+ in 2020
- LGBT+ Issues in Schools speaker event in collaboration with the School of Education and Social Work, with guest speaker Andrew Moffat
- a talk from lecturer Carol Glaister about her work on trans speech and language therapy
- launching the eight-colour rainbow lanyard for staff and students, representing our commitment to engaging with the issues experienced by LGBT+ people of colour.
For more information please contact Ross Strong, Stonewell Project Manager.