LGBT+ Staff at the University of Bristol

Stonewall Diversity Champions
The University of Bristol believes that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual. We aim to create an environment that respects the diversity of staff and students and enables them to achieve their full potential, to contribute fully, and to derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in the life of the University.

Stonewall News

Bristol first became a Stonewall Diversity Champion in 2014 and continues its work in this area via the Stonewall Steering Group. The University’s commitment to supporting its LGBT+ staff and students has seen the University climb 126 places in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI) since 2015, to 219th.

The WEI is a benchmarking tool used by employers to help ensure all lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees can be themselves in the workplace. Participating employers demonstrate their work in 10 areas of employment policy and practice, from training to community engagement.

Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development), said: ‘We are delighted to see our progress represented in our score. Credit for this must go to our staff and students who continue to challenge the accepted norms to improve equality for all. We know that there’s more that we can do to empower our staff to be their true selves at work, and this remains a priority in our University strategy. This activity complements our SWAN Award initiatives, which recognises our University’s work on gender equality.’

Bride Pride Awards 2016

In November 2016 we won Best Employer at the Bristol Pride Awards and couldn't be more delighted.

University wins Best Employer at Bristol Pride Awards news story

LGBT+ Staff Network

The LGBT+ Staff Network are a group open to all University staff who identify as LGBT+. The group hold socials, link up with events in the city, host termly meetings for all LGBT+ staff and through the Co-Chairs work with HR and the University to improve life at the University for LGBT+ staff. For more information and to sign up to the mailing list please visit the LGBT+ Staff Network webpage.

Resources and useful weblinks

University of Bristol's Sexual Orientation page

Equality Challenge Unit's Sexual Orientation pages


Unison LGBT Page

All About Trans - Encouraging greater understanding between the media and transgender people in the UK.

Bivisible Bristol - An informal network for anyone who has ever fancied more than one gender.

Bristol Pride - An annual free festival held in the heart of Bristol to celebrate the LGBT communities of Bristol and the South West.

EACH - A charity for adults and young people affected by homophobia and transphobia. It is also a not-for-profit training agency for employers and organisations committed to realising an equal and safe working environment for all.

FFLAG - An organisation and charity dedicated to supporting parents and their lesbian, gay and bisexual daughters and sons.

Freedom Youth Bristol - Bristol’s longest running LGBTQ youth group for young people aged 14-25, held in central Bristol every Tuesday from 7.00pm - 9.30pm

The Gender Trust - Support and an information centre for anyone with any question or problem concerning their gender identity, or whose loved one is struggling with gender identity issues.

LGBT Bristol - A news, information, directory, calendar and campaigning website for Bristol's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

OutStories Bristol - An organisation who collect and preserve the social history and recollections of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender/transsexual (LGBT) people living in or associated with Bristol.

Trans Bristol - A safe space where trans identified people in the Bristol area can share ideas, provide support and plan things.

Examples of resources available from Stonewall

Sexual Orientation FAQs

Coming Out

Hate crime, domestic violence and criminal law